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L2 Interactional Competence and Development

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Book (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2011
Author Hall Joan-Kelly, Hellermann John, Pekarek Doehler Simona,
Project Tracking interactional competence in a second language: a longitudinal study of actional microcosms (TRIC - L2)
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Book (peer-reviewed)

Publisher Multilingual Matters, Clevedon
ISBN 978-1-84769-406-5


Over the last decade or so, the field of applied linguistics has been witness to a marked increase in research on second language (L2) interactions using insights and methods specific to conversation analysis (CA) to describe the resources L2 speakers use to engage in a range of interactional practices. These studies have expanded understandings of the kinds of interactional resources individuals have at their disposal for sense-making in their social worlds. In their demonstrations of L2 users‟ competent, creative use of their resources, they have also expanded understandings on the nature of interactional competence. This expanding body of research makes evident the effectiveness of CA as a research framework and set of analytic methods for understanding second language use. However, still lingering is the question of its effectiveness for understanding second language learning. This is the topic the studies in this volume address. Drawing on data from a range of contexts, including classrooms, pharmacy consultations, tutoring sessions, and video-game playing, and a range of languages including English, German French, Danish and Icelandic, the studies address the two-fold challenge: What kinds of interactional resources do L2 users draw on to participate competently and creatively in their L2 encounters and how useful is CA in capturing the development of individuals‟ interactional competence in specific speaking practices across time?