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Turn Taking In Adult Esol Classroom Interaction: Practices For Interaction In Another Language, John Hellermann Jan 2005

Turn Taking In Adult Esol Classroom Interaction: Practices For Interaction In Another Language, John Hellermann

John Hellermann

In this article, I report on research into practices for turn-taking that adult learners of English used to start their teacher-assigned, task focused dyadic interaction with their peers in an ESOL classroom. I also discuss the implications of this research for instructors. The study was conducted at the National Lab Site for Adult ESOL, known locally as “The Lab School,” funded by the Institute for Education Sciences, US Department of Education, via the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). The Lab School is a partnership between Portland State University (PSU) and Portland Community College (PCC ...