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Tue Oct 05 2004

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        1.    Phil Chappell, Exploring the Nature of Small Group Interaction of Thai Adult English Language Learners in the Language-learning Classroom



Message 1: Exploring the Nature of Small Group Interaction of Thai Adult English Language Learners in the Language-learning Classroom

Date: 05-Oct-2004
From: Phil Chappell <phil_chappellaccess.inet.co.th>
Subject: Exploring the Nature of Small Group Interaction of Thai Adult English Language Learners in the Language-learning Classroom


Institution: University of Wollongong 
 Program: Doctor of Education - TESOL 
 Dissertation Status: Completed 
 Degree Date: 27-Jun-1905 
 
 Author: Phil Chappell
 
 Dissertation Title: Exploring the Nature of Small Group Interaction of Thai
 Adult English Language Learners in the Language-learning Classroom 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition 
 
 Dissertation Director(s):
 Beverly Derewianka
 
 Dissertation Abstract:
 
 I am interested in inquiring into the ways that Thai adult learners of
 English assist each other to learn through their social interaction in the
 language learning classroom. How and in what ways do learners help each
 other in learning activity? In this inquiry, I will employ discourse
 analysis within a functional linguistic perspective (analyzing language
 from the interpersonal perspective, utilizing Appraisal analysis and other
 interpersonal resources) as well as a point of view from sociology of
 education (Bernstein's pedagogic discourse) to unpack the social
 interactions that occur during English language learning for Thai adults. 
 Further, I will collect and analyse data drawn from discussions over
 play-backs (or stimulated recalls) of video recordings of classroom
 interaction, as well as learners' oral and written narratives of their
 personal learning histories during schooling to address the problems I have
 posed. Field notes from passive participant observation will add greater
 depths of meanings and interpretations to the inquiry.
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