Bridging the gap to interaction proficiency: Using miscommunication diaries

Ryan, Jonathon and Jin, Farrah (2016) Bridging the gap to interaction proficiency: Using miscommunication diaries. CLESOL 2016, UNSPECIFIED, July 14-17, 2016.

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This talk discusses the exploratory approach and findings of a collaborative project that focused on the miscommunications of one Chinese teacher of English in her day-to-day life, and the treatment of these as opportunities to explore the pragmatics of interaction. Over 80 incidents were recorded in an oral journal of miscommunications, and over a period of six months these were reconstructed and analyzed with a native speaker informant with reference to insights from pragmatics and conversation analysis. In this talk we model this approach to language learning, illustrating its value for speakers approaching native-like proficiency. We present recurring themes in the underlying causes of the miscommunications, highlighting what appear to be important aspects of language competency that are routinely neglected in second language education. We further argue that the present approach provides valuable opportunities for learning that are seldom available through other means.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:interaction proficiency
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Languages
ID Code:4469
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Deposited On:27 Nov 2016 22:20
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