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Fri Dec 17 2010

Diss: Applied Ling: Mortensen: 'Instructions and Participation in ...'

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        1.     Kristian Mortensen , Instructions and Participation in the Second Language Classroom

Message 1: Instructions and Participation in the Second Language Classroom
Date: 16-Dec-2010
From: Kristian Mortensen <kristian.mortensenuni.lu>
Subject: Instructions and Participation in the Second Language Classroom
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Institution: University of Southern Denmark
Program: MA in Communication Design
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2008

Author: Kristian Mortensen

Dissertation Title: Instructions and Participation in the Second Language Classroom

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Dissertation Director:
Johannes Wagner
Catherine E. Brouwer

Dissertation Abstract:

The dissertation investigates how students participate in the second
language classroom. It discusses second language classroom pedagogy from
looking at how students participate and display their understanding of the
ongoing activity they are engaged in. More specifically, student
participation is related to the teacher's instructions and the ways in
which these instructions make specific kinds of participation relevant for
the students. This is analyzed primarily from a communicative or
interactional approach. Instructions are in this way analyzed as
interactional tasks that students orient to, and deal with, during the
course of the teacher's management of the lesson. 'Interactional tasks' are
related to the notion of conditional relevance, and the dissertation deals
specifically with sequence organization and turn-allocation. Each of the
three analytic chapters, which are written as independent articles, deals
with participation, instructions and conditional relevance.

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