Second Language Interaction in Diverse Educational Contexts

Second Language Interaction in Diverse Educational Contexts

by Kim McDonough, You Jin Kim, Mar?a Basterrechea, Mar?a del Pilar Garc?a Mayo
     
 

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This volume brings together empirical research that explores interaction in a wide range of educational settings. It includes work that takes a cognitive, brain-based approach to studying interaction, as well as studies that take a social, contextual perspective. Interaction is defined quite broadly, with many chapters focusing on oral interaction as is typical in the

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This volume brings together empirical research that explores interaction in a wide range of educational settings. It includes work that takes a cognitive, brain-based approach to studying interaction, as well as studies that take a social, contextual perspective. Interaction is defined quite broadly, with many chapters focusing on oral interaction as is typical in the field, while other chapters report work that involves interaction between learners and technology. Several studies describe the linguistic and discourse features of interaction between learners and their interlocutors, but others demonstrate how interaction can serve other purposes, such as to inform placement decisions. The chapters in the book collectively illustrate the diversity of contemporary approaches to interaction research, investigating interactions with different interlocutors ( learner-learner, learner-teacher), in a variety of environments (classrooms, interactive testing environments, conversation groups) and through different modalities (oral and written, face-to-face and technology-mediated).

Editorial Reviews

Ana M. Martín Castillejos
Many ideas can be extracted from the book for future studies as the need for improvement or further research is clearly verbalized in all the chapters. Therefore, L2 teachers willing to take a further step in interaction issues will find the volume helpful as it will easily show them the gaps where further action is needed in order to help language students be more proficient in their career development and life by means of being able to communicate proficiently in their own settings.
Yi Xu
The volume makes a significant contribution to the literature in two ways. First, as the editors of the book point out, each chapter points out a gap in the existing literature, a topic that has not yet been explored, or uses a new experimental methodology to deal with a long-standing issue. [...] Another positive feature of the volume is its wide range of content scope and rich variety of experimental and data analysis methods used. At the same time, it is still easy to identify a coherent theme within the sections, each of which contains four to six chapters. [...] Overall, the novelty in several studies and the variety of experimental approaches adopted in different chapters encourage scholars familiar with the “interaction” tradition to consider this concept in new ways. Finally, due to the background information provided, the volume can also be a useful resource for researchers and teachers who are relatively new to the subject of interactional studies in SLA.
Maren Uggen
I commend the editors for bringing together such diverse and methodologically sound studies, all examining L2 interaction from very different perspectives. This book is a valuable resource for scholars interested in L2 interaction. Potentially, this book could be used for graduate courses on L2 interaction or even for a course that provides an overview of the broad variety of SLA research. This volume is certain to provide inspiration for more—particularly more diverse—research on L2 interaction, and it should motivate follow-up and replication research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789027213105
Publisher:
John Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Series:
Language Learning & Language Teaching, #34
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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