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Learner Perceptions Of Small Group And Pair Work In The ESL Classroom: Implications For Conditions In Second Language Acquisition

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Learner Perceptions Of Small Group And Pair Work In The ESL Classroom: Implications For Conditions In Second Language Acquisition

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dc.contributor.author Polley, Elissa K en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-23T01:56:28Z
dc.date.available 2007-08-23T01:56:28Z
dc.date.issued 2007-08-23T01:56:28Z
dc.date.submitted April 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-1643 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/315
dc.description.abstract Second language acquisition (SLA) research finds that small group (SG) and pair work (PW) are essential tools in language learning, specifically creating optimal conditions for negotiation of meaning (e.g., Long, 1985; Pica, et al., 1996). Limited research has focused on learner perceptions playing a part in establishing these conditions. This study examines learner perceptions of participation in SG/PW and the actual character of their participation in creating necessary conditions for SLA. This study involved 29 adult ESL learners enrolled in a private institute. Using focus group discussions, video-recorded SG/PW activities, and "stimulated recall" (Gass & Mackey, 2000), learner perceptions of SG/PW are identified. In addition, learner levels of participation were calculated through conversational "turns" (Edelsky, 1981). Findings show a majority of learners noted communicative breakdown as motivating and it forced them to negotiate for meaning. Further, learners displaying positive perceptions toward SG/PW took more turns, allowing for an opportunity-rich environment for SLA. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ouellette, Mark en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Linguistics en_US
dc.title Learner Perceptions Of Small Group And Pair Work In The ESL Classroom: Implications For Conditions In Second Language Acquisition en_US
dc.type M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Ouellette, Mark en_US
dc.degree.department Linguistics en_US
dc.degree.discipline Linguistics en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. en_US
dc.identifier.externalLink https://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=1560
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