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Title: A Glimpse into Intra-individual Oral Performance in a Semester-long Audio Journal
Author: HENSLEY, Joel
Issue Date: 11-Jan-2013
Publisher: 長崎県立大学
Shimei: 研究紀要
Volume: 13
Start page: 7
End page: 18
ISSN: 1883-8111
Abstract: This paper provides an initial, experimental look into the language development of an EFL university student by means of both quantitative and qualitative analyses of intra-individual variability in oral performance in a semester-long online audio journal. As dynamic systems theory has become a prevalent framework in the literature in recent years, the question of how best to go about applying this promising theory to language development has arisen. This paper is an attempt to apply the ideas offered by Larsen-Freeman (2006) in a deeper look into the development of the language system of an individual learner. Using a semester-long series of learner self-recorded online audio journals, quantitative analysis of utterances as well as qualitative analysis of emergent idea units was attempted. Initial quantitative findings displayed an overall increase in fluency, as measured by words per utterance, and the use of compound sentences, despite an overall decrease in accuracy. Qualitative findings included a change from more reporting-type language to the use of more personalized and affective elements.
Keywords: dynamic systems theory
language development
variability
oral performance
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10561/917
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