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ERIC Number: EJ796942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Floor Management in Task-Based Interaction: The Interactional Role of Participatory Structures
Jenks, Christopher Joseph
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v35 n4 p609-622 Dec 2007
Second language tasks are often described as classroom activities that promote greater student participation, yet many studies only discuss participation in aggregates, such as total turns at talk or total words per turn. The aim here is to demonstrate that a qualitative inquiry into tasks can equally reveal important participatory and interactional implications for the language teacher. Specifically, this study investigates the interactional role participatory structures of tasks have on floor management. Participatory structures determine how interlocutors participate in tasks, and include concepts such as one-way and two-way interaction. Floor management can be described as interlocutors' attempt to move the task forward. The findings show that the way information is distributed between interlocutors affects floor management. For example, if one interlocutor is describing a picture to another interlocutor that cannot see the picture, the interlocutor with the picture will anchor the floor according to what the picture looks like. When discussing shared information, the direction of the floor is determined by both interlocutors' understanding of how the task should be completed. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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