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A child's development of interactional competence in a Swedish L2 classroom
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4580-3002
2007 (English)In: The Modern language journal, ISSN 0026-7902, E-ISSN 1540-4781, Vol. 91, no 1, 45-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores a child's emergent second language (L2) interactional competence during her first year in a Swedish immersion classroom. Within the theoretical framework of situated learning, it focuses on how she acquires expertise in a specific classroom practice: multiparty classroom talk. The data cover three periods (the early, middle, and late phases) of her first school year. The methods adopted combine a microanalytic approach with ethnographic fieldwork analyses of L2 socialization within a classroom community. The analyses revealed systematic changes in the novice's interactional engagements. An interplay of language skills and turn-taking skills influenced her participation in multiparty talk during the three periods, casting her as (a) a silent child, (b) a noisy and loud child, and (c) a skillful student. These changes indicate that learning cannot be seen as the unilinear development of a single learner identity. It is argued that a detailed longitudinal analysis may provide important insights into the relationship between participation and L2 learning. Instead of unilinear development of a single learner identity, we may find different participation patterns linked to distinct language learning affordances over time. © 2007 The Modern Language Journal.

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2007. Vol. 91, no 1, 45-62 p.
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L2 learning, communicative competence, interactional competence, child L2 learning
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-39020DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-4781.2007.00509.xLocal ID: 46430OAI: diva2:259869
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2015-06-02

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