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Task-based interactions in classroom and laboratory settings

Gass, Susan M. and Mackey, Alison and Ross-Feldman, Lauren (2005) Task-based interactions in classroom and laboratory settings. Language Learning, 55 (4). pp. 575-611. ISSN 0023-8333

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Abstract

While there is general agreement that conversational interaction can facilitate interlanguage development, much of the research on interaction has been conducted in experimental aboratory settings. Questions have been raised about the generalizability of the benefits observed in the laboratory to the classroom setting. The current research compared interaction in classrooms and laboratories. Seventy-four university-level students learning Spanish as a foreign language worked in dyads to complete 3 different communicative activities in classroom and laboratory settings. Analysis of the interactional patterns of each dyad provided insights into the nature of the interaction in each setting. The data suggest few differences in interactional patterns between the settings. Instead, there were differences depending on the type of task that the learners carried out.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Language Learning
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 59838
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2012 10:02
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:18
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59838

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