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ERIC Number: EJ1385511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1017-7108
EISSN: EISSN-2671-9312
The Use of Teachers' Repetitions in One-on-One EFL Tutoring Interactions: A Case Study of a Korean English Learner
Ko, Jieun
English Teaching, v78 n1 p83-103 Spr 2023
Adopting a conversation analytic framework, this paper examined the delay and potential indeterminacy of teacher's repetition as an other-initiated repair (OIR) strategy, which took place at the third turn of the Initiation-Response-Evaluation (IRE) sequence in one-on-one tutoring sessions. Tutor-tutee interactions for a Korean secondary student were transcribed and analyzed along with notes used in the class. Data showed that when repetition was used as an OIR strategy, it was delayed and inaccurate. The learner was sometimes unsure whether the teacher's repetition constituted a repair initiation regarding her prior turn. Furthermore, the learner could not successfully recognize which part of the repeated phrase should be repaired. Prior studies have confirmed that repetition can promote learners' interactions rather than simply highlighting error while also giving learners an opportunity to correct their errors themselves. However, the analysis in this paper suggests a potential risk associated with using repetition as an OIR strategy at feedback turn in instructional discourse.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea (Seoul)
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