Interactional behaviours of low-proficiency learners in small group work

Choi, Hyunsik and Iwashita, Noriko (2016). Interactional behaviours of low-proficiency learners in small group work. In Masatoshi Sato and Susan Ballinger (Ed.), Peer interaction and second language learning: pedagogical potential and research agenda (pp. 113-134) Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/lllt.45.05cho


Author Choi, Hyunsik
Iwashita, Noriko
Title of chapter Interactional behaviours of low-proficiency learners in small group work
Title of book Peer interaction and second language learning: pedagogical potential and research agenda
Place of Publication Amsterdam / Philadelphia
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1075/lllt.45.05cho
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9789027213334
9789027213327
9789027267177
Editor Masatoshi Sato
Susan Ballinger
Chapter number 4
Start page 113
End page 134
Total pages 21
Total chapters 13
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Building on empirical studies investigating the relationship between interlocutors’ proficiency and learning opportunities in pair work, this chapter examines how group members’ proficiency affected the occurrence and outcome of language related episodes (LREs) and also how their proficiency level affected their perception of working within a small group. Two low-proficiency ESL learners engaged in three small group discussion tasks. For each task, the two learners were grouped into one of three proficiency levels: high-proficiency dominant, low-proficiency dominant, and low-proficiency. The interactional data of the three groups was analysed in terms of the types and outcomes of LREs. While the occurrence and outcome of LREs appeared to be dependent on the interlocutors’ proficiency levels, their perceptions of and contributions to group work were largely dependent on the interlocutors’ attitudes toward sharing ideas in completing the task.
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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