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Masuda, Kyoko and Iwasaki, Noriko (2018) 'Pair-work dynamics: Stronger learners’ languaging engagement and learning outcomes for the Japanese polysemous particles ni/de.' Language and Sociocultural Theory, 5 (1). pp. 46-71.

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Adopting microgenetic analysis of languaging (Swain, 2006) in pair-work, this study aims to advance our understanding of learners’ developmental processes for the complex concepts of Japanese particles ni/de. Two pairs whose learning outcomes differed were chosen, and their languaging was examined, focusing on “stronger” learners, the peers who showed more targetlike knowledge of particles on fill-in-the-blank pre-test than their partners. Both interaction patterns and quality of engagement appeared to have facilitated their conceptual internalisation for the Japanese particles ni/de. A stronger learner in one of the pairs demonstrated reciprocal elaborate engagement in a collaborative pattern, and greatly improved his understanding and retained it longer-term. In contrast, a stronger learner in the other pair, who demonstrated nonreciprocal limited engagement in dominant-passive interaction, showed no development over time. Follow-up interviews revealed these peers’ differing attitudes toward pair-work, which were likely conducive to their engagement in pair-work and L2 learning outcome.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: languaging, microgenesis, collaborative orientation, students’ perceptions and attitudes, Japanese particles ni/de
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 20519699
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Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 10:10
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