This is a small-scale, qualitative study describing the learner language found in
interaction between two learners working in telecollaborative reciprocal language
exchange via Skype. A sociocultural approach to second language acquisition is utilized
along with the analytic framework of Language Related Episodes (LREs) to interpret and
describe the data. Instances of languaging about language are discussed in their relation
to opportunities for acquisition. Results show that learners frequently language about
meaning based items rather than morphosyntactic concerns. This is in keeping with
related synchronous computer mediated communication (SCMC) research. Directions
for future research related to this and other similar data are discussed as well as the
pedagogical implications for teachers working with students in reciprocal language
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. August 2011. Major: English as a second language. Advisor: Elaine Tarone. 1 computer file (PDF)vii, 117 pages, appendices A-D.
Willms, Mary Katherine.
Learner language in dyadic telecollaborative reciprocal language exchange..
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