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Nature of repair in other-intiated language policing
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Language and Culture.
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There has been a recent interest in the practices dimension of language policy (Skilton-Sylvester, 2008; Vila I Moreno, 2008) in the field of language policy and planning (LPP).This interest has been ranging from a macro/micro contrast of language policy (Martin, 2009) to actual language practices to classroom practices with regards to school policy (Heller, 1996, 2001, 2007). A large number of studies deal with practices of language in education but to date there still is a gap in the research conducted in the language classrooms investigating the medium of classroom interaction in situ. The aim of this study is to fill the gap in foreign language teaching research with an ethnomethodological conversation analysis lens where the target language- only is the school policy. The practices of this ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom reveal the actual “medium of classroom interaction” which changes moment by moment and turn by turn. To keep the target language-only policy the participants switch the medium of talk of self and the other through language policing.

The aim of this study is to focus on other-initiated language policing as a special repair practice. The nature of repair in this case is different from repair in general as the trouble in the talk-in-interaction in this case is the medium of talk. Preliminary results show that in each category of other-policing there are differing trajectories of repair.

The empirical data for this study consists of 20 hours of video recordings in an international Swedish school. The data was collected in ESL classrooms in grade 8 and 9 between the years 2007-2010. A monolingual policy is followed by the English language teachers of this school in ESL classrooms, which is kept in place through a teacher versus pupils’ point system.

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Keyword [en]
Repair, Conversation Analysis, Language Policing
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70477OAI: diva2:439835
OFTI 29, Eskilstuna, Sweden
Available from: 2011-09-09 Created: 2011-09-09

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