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Title: The emergence of new L2 concepts in small-group interaction
Authors: Hemmen, Noortje
Vandommele, Goedele
Van den Branden, Kris
Van Gorp, Koen
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: John Benjamins
Host Document: Peer Interaction and Second Language Learning: Pedagogical Potential and Research Agenda
Article number: 17
Abstract: This chapter explores the emergence of new L2 concepts as 2 second language learners re-engaged with the same new forms over time, i.e. during a series of small-group and teacher-learner interaction in a task-based classroom environment. Using qualitative micro-analyses of the discourse in which 2 separate, basic-level L2 learners of Dutch participated, the chapter illustrates the ways in which L2 learners exploit interaction in the classroom to pick up, juggle with, and gradually incorporate new words and formulas in their interlanguage systems. The current study is a multiple case study, which was part of a larger study in which the effects of a summer school intervention on the L2 speaking and writing skills of 60 adolescent learners of Dutch as a second language were measured. Using lapel microphones, the 2 students were audiotaped during 10 days of the summer school: they participated in a series of task-based group works and whole-class interaction while working towards a meaningful and motivating goal, i.e. the design of a website introducing newcomers to Flemish society. The analyses focus on the impact of student interaction on the gradual emergence of new words and formulas in their output.
Publication status: submitted
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Centre for Language and Education, Leuven
Language and Education, Leuven - miscellaneous

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