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Non-native Speaker Interaction: Does it constitute a good learning situation for pupils studying English as a foreign language?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Interaktion mellan andraspråkstalare : Utgör det en bra lärandesituation för elever som läser engelska som ett främmande språk? (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Proponents of communicative language teaching in foreign language classrooms assume that the learners will profit from interacting in the target language on meaningful topics. The present study investigated whether non-native speaker interaction constitutes a good learning situation. Four research questions were posed: how pupils deal with breakdowns in communication, if they use any strategies to avoid problems, if they collaborate and negotiate for meaning and consequently if open-ended conversations among learners promote language development. Pupils in a Swedish secondary school were recorded interacting in the target language and conversation analysis was used to examine the data. It was found that there was a common structure to the way that the pupils dealt with problems, a few strategies were used and the pupils also collaborated. However, the conversations lacked some of the characteristics of interaction between native and non-native speakers that research have shown to be conducive to language development. Also, almost no negotiation of meaning was observed. Based on these results it is argued that non-native speaker interaction constitutes a good learning situation but probably needs to be accompanied by more explicit instruction.

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2015. , 22 p.
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non-native, interaction, interlanguage, negotiation, repair
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Specific Languages Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118887OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-118887DiVA: diva2:842194
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