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How do learners perceive interactional feedback?

Mackey, Alison and Gass, Susan M. and McDonough, Kim (2000) How do learners perceive interactional feedback? Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 22 (4). pp. 471-497. ISSN 0272-2631

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    Abstract

    Theoretical claims about the benefits of conversational interaction have been made by Gass (1997), Long (1996), Pica (1994), and others. The Interaction Hypothesis suggests that negotiated interaction can facilitate SLA and that one reason for this could be that, during interaction, learners may receive feedback on their utterances. An interesting issue, which has challenged interactional research, concerns how learners perceive feedback and whether their perceptions affect their subsequent L2 development. The present research addresses the first of these issues–learners' perceptions about interactional feedback. The study, involving 10 learners of English as a second language and 7 learners of Italian as a foreign language, explores learners' perceptions about feedback provided to them through task-based dyadic interaction. Learners received feedback focused on a range of morphosyntactic, lexical, and phonological forms. After completing the tasks, learners watched videotapes of their previous interactions and were asked to introspect about their thoughts at the time the original interactions were in progress. The results showed that learners were relatively accurate in their perceptions about lexical, semantic, and phonological feedback. However, morphosyntactic feedback was generally not perceived as such. Furthermore, the nature as well as the content of the feedback may have affected learners' perceptions.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Second Language Acquisition
    Additional Information: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=SLA The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 22 (4), pp 471-497 2000, © 2000 Cambridge University Press.
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 59848
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 05 Nov 2012 14:43
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:18
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59848

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