Language Learning in Repeated Storytellings An Analysis of One Learner’s Repair Practices

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Kelly Katherine Frantz


This paper uses conversation analysis (CA) to trace changes in one learner’s repair practices during a repetitive storytelling activity in an intermediate-level ESL classroom. An analysis of the learner’s phonological and grammatical repairs is guided by two questions: How are the repair sequences organized, and what changes occur in the sequences over time? By considering the impact of task repetition on a student’s linguistic performance, this study highlights CA’s analytical potential for examining learning processes during classroom activities on a highly detailed level. The findings contribute to the larger sociocultural reconceptualization of second language acquisition by demonstrating how learning occurs and is made visible during a student’s interaction with her teacher and peers.

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