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Kim, Jeong-Yeon
Division of General Studies
Research Interests
  • Internationalization of higher education
  • English-medium instruction
  • Intercultural communicative competence
  • L2 learning Motivation
  • Instructional technology and Language Learning

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International teaching assistants’ initiation of negotiations in engineering labs

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Title
International teaching assistants’ initiation of negotiations in engineering labs
Author
Kim, Jeongyeon
Keywords
nonnative English-speaking teaching assistants;  L2 interactional competence;  unspecific meaning negotiation;  engineering education
Issue Date
2016-11
Publisher
WILEY-BLACKWELL
Citation
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS, v.26, no.3, pp.420 - 436
Abstract
This study explores nonnative English-speaking teaching assistants’ interactional practices in engineering labs. Specifically, this study examines how the international teaching assistants (ITAs) initiate meaning negotiation while interacting with native English-speaking undergraduate students. The data for the study consist of 415 minutes of video-recorded interactions between four ITAs and undergraduate students in the engineering labs of an American university. The qualitative, discourse-driven analysis of the data revealed that the ITAs, initiating negotiations on the students’ turn, employed various unspecific initiators (e.g. ‘what?’) which were least effective in locating a problem. Initiation of negotiations occurred in multiples and was delayed. The findings highlight the importance of second language interactional competence, specifically the knowledge of how to handle a problem in the context of an engineering lab.
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10.1111/ijal.12140
ISSN
0802-6106
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