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ERIC Number: EJ788009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
Task Familiarity and Interactional Feedback in Child ESL Classrooms
Mackey, Alison; Kanganas, Alec Peter; Oliver, Rhonda
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v41 n2 p285-312 Jun 2007
In this article we report on a study undertaken with ESL children between 7 and 8 years old. They carried out communicative tasks in pairs in second language classrooms. We examined patterns of their task-based conversational interactions while we manipulated their familiarity with the procedure and content of the tasks. We found that learners working through unfamiliar tasks (in terms of both content and procedure) produced more clarification requests and confirmation checks and provided more corrective feedback on nontargetlike utterances to each other. However, learners engaged in procedurally familiar tasks had more opportunities to use feedback, and learners engaged in tasks that were familiar in both content and procedure showed more actual use of feedback. (Contains 2 figures, 5 tables, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia