Corpus-based Exploration of Interactional Competence in Pre-sessional Courses : A Gesture Study of Interactional Language Functions in L2 group interaction

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Original languageEnglish
Pages94-95
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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Title6th International Conference of Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association (LSPPC6)
LocationCity University of Hong Kong (Online)
PlaceChina
CityHong Kong
Period3 - 5 June 2021

Abstract

This paper reports a multimodal corpus study exploring what kinds of interactional competence (IC) students are demonstrating in pre-sessional courses, focusing on authentic L2 group interaction and analyzing the role of gestures in relation to interactional language functions (ILFs). Interactional competence in such groups is known to comprise various skills, such as turn management, topic management, non-verbal behavior and gestures, and negotiation of breakdown (Galaczi & Taylor, 2018; Nakatsuhara, May, Lam, & Galaczi, 2018), as well as the use of ILFs (He & Dai, 2006). With the goal of better understanding the role of gesture in ILFs, video recordings of L2 group interaction during pre-sessional courses will be extracted and analyzed from the Multimodal Corpus of Academic Spoken and Written English collected at a British university in China (MuCAWSE; Stevens, Chen, & Harrison, 2020). In this sub-corpus, Chinese students with equivalent language proficiency are trained in English for Academic Purposes and provided chances to practice different academic activities, including a range of group discussion tasks, in which we know that gestures play an important role in negotiating meaning and interaction (Smotrova, 2014; Mori & Hayashi, 2006; Harrison et al., 2018). Based on the extracted pre-sessional data imported to ELAN, the study will first transcribe spoken language (Chen & Zhou, 2017) and identify the ILFs following categories by He & Dai (2006). Each annotation for ILFs will then be analyzed using the linguistic annotation system for gesture (Bressem, Ladewig, & Müller, 2013). The subsequent data can finally be examined to find out (a) the distribution of ILFs and gestures across the paired interactions, and (b) to understand the relationship between ILFs and gestures in L2 group interaction. The findings will help to discuss whether and how group interactions are stimulating interactional competence, which should be relevant to future pre-sessional course teaching.

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Corpus-based Exploration of Interactional Competence in Pre-sessional Courses : A Gesture Study of Interactional Language Functions in L2 group interaction. / He, Jingyi; Harrison, Simon.

2021. 94-95 Paper presented at 6th International Conference of Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association (LSPPC6), Hong Kong, China.

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