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ERIC Number: EJ778992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Talking It through: Two French Immersion Learners' Response to Reformulation
Swain, Merrill; Lapkin, Sharon
International Journal of Educational Research, v37 n3-4 p285-304 2002
This article documents the importance of collaborative dialogue as part of the process of second language learning. The stimulus for the dialogue we discuss in this article was a reformulation of a story written collaboratively in French by Nina and Dara, two adolescent French immersion students. A sociocultural theoretical perspective informs the discussion of three sustained examples of the learners' "talking it through" as they confront and resolve many language-related problems while comparing their story with its reformulation. A pre-test/post-test design allows us to demonstrate the combined effects on second language learning of the reformulation and the students' reactions to it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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