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Reconstructing miscommunications for the language classroom


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Miscommunications appear to offer powerful L2 learning opportunities. In particular, they often arouse emotions that facilitate event recall, and may motivate learners by providing implicit evidence of the communicative
importance and personal relevance of underlying language features. This article reports on a pedagogical approach to utilizing learners’ miscommunications, and illustrates how communicative problems can become the basis of effective micro-lessons that highlight the often complex ways in which elements of the language system combine to create meaning. Miscommunication also provides a suitable platform to introduce the mechanisms of repair, through which learners can better manage communicative difficulties. Suggestions are made for how to establish a miscommunication focus in lessons.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: miscommunication, language learning,
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Languages
Depositing User: Jonathon Ryan
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2015 04:29
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 03:39

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