Finding the zone of proximal development: Student-tutor second language dialogue interactions

  title={Finding the zone of proximal development: Student-tutor second language dialogue interactions},
  author={Arabella J. Sinclair and Jon Oberlander and Dragan Ga{\vs}evi{\'c}},
The goal of dialogue practice for a second language learner is to facilitate their production of dialogue similar to that between native speakers. This paper explores the characteristics of student and tutor dialogue in terms of their differences from classic conversational and task-oriented corpora. Interlocutors have the tendency to align to the language of the other in conversational dialogue, creating a symmetry between speakers which learners of a language may be unable at first to achieve… 

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