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IJAL 2017, 20(1): 151-184 Back to browse issues page
Organizational Patterns of English Language Teachers’ Repair Practices
Fatemeh Mozaffari , Hamid Allami
Yazd University
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Despite the abundance of research on teachers’ repair practices in language classroom interaction, there are not enough conversation analytic studies on repair organization with the focus on the details of interaction in the context of EFL. Drawing on sociocultural and situated learning theories, this study explores the contingent nature of English language teachers’ organizational patterns of repair practices (repair focus, repair completion, repair trajectory and convergence) by adopting the context-dependency of repair as a point of departure. More specifically, we analyzed two classroom interactional contexts: form-oriented and meaning-oriented contexts as well as their realization in student participation. Data were collected through video- and audio-tape recordings of 14 lessons from eight EFL teachers at four private language institutes in Iran and they were analyzed based on the framework of conversation analysis methodology. The analysis of lesson transcripts indicated that the teachers varied in their repair practices; however, an organizational repair pattern emerged from the data. The analysis of qualitative data revealed that the teachers largely repaired divergently in form-oriented contexts but convergently in meaning-oriented contexts, and deployed other-repair more than self-repair. The pedagogical implications of the study are for language teachers’ awareness of the role of repair organization in facilitating learning opportunities and for teachers’ professional development.
Keywords: Conversation analysis, Organizational pattern of repair practices, Other-repair, Self-repair, Form-oriented and meaning-oriented contexts, Context convergence and divergence
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2016/07/21 | Accepted: 2017/01/28 | Published: 2017/02/9
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Mozaffari F, Allami H. Organizational Patterns of English Language Teachers’ Repair Practices . IJAL. 2017; 20 (1) :151-184
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