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ERIC Number: EJ824654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Metatalk in a Pair Work Activity: Level of Engagement and Implications for Language Development
Storch, Neomy
Language Awareness, v17 n2 p95-114 2008
This classroom-based study investigated the metatalk of learners working in pairs on a text reconstruction task. Specifically, the study investigated the learners' level of engagement with linguistic choices, and whether the level of engagement affected subsequent language development. Data were collected over a 2-week period. In the first week, students completed one version of a text reconstruction task in pairs and all pair talk was audio recorded. In the second week, students completed another version of the task individually. Analysis of the pair talk data showed that pairs attended to a range of grammatical and lexical items, but that the nature of their engagement ranged from elaborate to limited. Elaborate engagement was operationalised as instances where learners deliberated and discussed language items and limited engagement where one learner made a suggestion and the other repeated, acknowledged or did not respond to the suggestion. Analysis of learner performance on a set of items that were common to the two versions of the text reconstruction task suggests that elaborate engagement was more facilitative of learning/consolidation for both members of the dyad than limited engagement. The findings also suggest that repetitions, common in language classes, need further investigation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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