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Title: Group discussion and language learning : a case study investigation of learner collaboration
Author: McCullough, David George
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 7838
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis offers an account of the operation of collaborative talk in small group discussion in language learning environments and is designed to facilitate a closer understanding of the way in which language learners can be supported to operate effectively in group discussion situations. Discussion is presented as a complex activity system, in which collaboration is central to learning. The thesis confirms that an understanding of collaborative communication strategies can be achieved by language learners through a process of selfevaluation. The findings of the study are that L2 collaboration involves a wide range of paralinguistic and social activities. Learners can be supported in achieving collaborative talk through a combination of awareness raising about collaborative strategies, effective preparation for discussion sessions and through participation in self-evaluation of their own talk.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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