Journal article

Investigating the merits of pair work on a text editing task in ESL classes

Neomy Storch

LANGUAGE TEACHING RESEARCH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

Although the literature on language pedagogy encourages the use of pair work in the second language classroom, students sometimes seem reluctant to work in pairs, particularly on grammar-focused tasks. This study investigated the merits of pair work by comparing pair and individual work on an editing task and by analysing the nature of pair interaction. The study was conducted in four intact ESL tertiary classes. Students in class A completed the task in pairs and in class B individually. In classes C and D students were given the choice of completing the task in pairs or individually. In class A all pair talk was audio recorded. Analysis of the edited texts showed that there were no signifi..

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