The ability to participate in conversations is an important skill in
a second language; however, it is difficult to teach language learners
exactly how to participate in conversations. Turn-taking is one particular
aspect of conversation that many ESL students have difficulty with.This
case study analyzes data from a native speaker/non-native speaker
English conversation to determine what difficulties the non-native speaker
has with turn-taking in the second language. Next, oral skills texts used in
the Minnesota English Center (the M.E.C.) are reviewed to see if they
teach turn-taking skills. Finally, based on the data obtained from the
conversation and the text review, recommendations for teaching turntaking
are made for oral skills classes at each level in the M.E.C.
1 online resource (PDF, 63 pages, plus appendix A). Submitted April 25, 1996 as a Plan B paper in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree in English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota.
Liu, Kristin Kline.
Turn-taking in American English: A case study of turn-taking patterns in a native speaker/non-native speaker English conversation.
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