Vigo International Journal
of Applied Linguistics VIAL
José Ignacio Aguilar Río (1): L2 teachers' disaffiliation from learners' actions: A joint
conversation analysis & stimulated recall methodology proposal
for L2 teachers' decision-making inquiry VIAL. Number 7/2010: 9-29.
This article presents the first results drawn from a current research study
focusing on L2 teachers' decision-making processes in classroom-instructed
language teaching for adult learners. Conversation analysis and stimulated recall
interviews are integrated in the research methodology in order to (a) locate instances
of L2 teachers' disaffiliation from learners' interactive actions, and (b) elucidate
the principles that originate such disaffiliation. Previous literature on L2 teachers’
decision-making argued that these principles are of a pedagogical nature, namely
the teachers' observance of previously designed class-plans, and teachers’ concern
to have as many as possible of the learners actively engaged in class interaction.
The results show the occurrence of emotional responses during the analysis made
by one teacher regarding her classroom decisions. It is argued that a distinction
be made between pedagogical principles and principles accounting for more
Keywords: Foreign language teaching, language teachers' cognition,
conversation analysis, disaffiliation, decision-making.
(1) Université du Maine, France
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