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Expert-novice interaction as the basis for L2 developmental activity: A SCT perspective

Ganem Gutierrez, Gabriela Adela and Gilmore, Alex (2018) 'Expert-novice interaction as the basis for L2 developmental activity: A SCT perspective.' Language and Sociocultural Theory, 5 (1). 21 - 45. ISSN 2051-9702

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Abstract

This study investigated interaction between an adult EFL university student in Japan and her EFL tutor/researcher while they observed the student’s L2 writing event during a stimulated retrospective recall session. Interaction is considered both a methodological instrument to investigate the complex cognitive activity underpinning L2 writing and a pedagogic tool to encourage linguistic -as well as strategic- awareness and change. Informed by Sociocultural theory, this paper argues that interaction which is sensitive to learners’ potential development can be a powerful tool to promote the co-construction of L2 knowledge. Data were collected through eye-tracking and real-time screen capture of the writing event and analysed using descriptive statistics and microgenetic multimodal interaction analysis. The paper aims to illustrate the potential value of a mixed-methods, multimodal, design to better understand the dual role of interaction (i) to support development, and (ii) as a methodological instrument to investigate the unfolding history of that development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociocultural theory, zone of proximal development, interaction, languaging, multimodality
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 11:13
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21044

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