What counts as ‘responding’? Contingency on previous speaker contribution as a feature of interactional competence

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622709
Title:
What counts as ‘responding’? Contingency on previous speaker contribution as a feature of interactional competence
Authors:
Lam, Daniel M. K. ( 0000-0003-3451-7158 )
Abstract:
The ability to interact with others has gained recognition as part of the L2 speaking construct in the assessment literature and in high- and low-stakes speaking assessments. This paper first presents a review of the literature on interactional competence (IC) in L2 learning and assessment. It then discusses a particular feature – producing responses contingent on previous speaker contribution – that emerged as a de facto construct feature of IC oriented to by both candidates and examiners within the school-based group speaking assessment in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) English Language Examination. Previous studies have, similarly, argued for the importance of ‘responding to’ or linking one’s own talk to previous speakers’ contributions as a way of demonstrating comprehension of co-participants’ talk. However, what counts as such a response has yet to be explored systematically. This paper presents a conversation analytic study of the candidate discourse in the assessed group interactions, identifying three conversational actions through which student-candidates construct contingent responses to co-participants. The thick description about the nature of contingent responses lays the groundwork for further empirical investigations on the relevance of this IC feature and its proficiency implications.
Citation:
Lam D M K (2018) 'What counts as ‘responding’? Contingency on previous speaker contribution as a feature of interactional competence', Language Testing, 35 (3), pp.377-401.
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
Language Testing
Issue Date:
10-May-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622709
DOI:
10.1177/0265532218758126
Additional Links:
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0265532218758126
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0265-5322
Appears in Collections:
English language learning and assessment

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dc.contributor.authorLam, Daniel M. K.en
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-11T10:12:14Z-
dc.date.available2018-05-11T10:12:14Z-
dc.date.issued2018-05-10-
dc.identifier.citationLam D M K (2018) 'What counts as ‘responding’? Contingency on previous speaker contribution as a feature of interactional competence', Language Testing, 35 (3), pp.377-401.en
dc.identifier.issn0265-5322-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0265532218758126-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622709-
dc.description.abstractThe ability to interact with others has gained recognition as part of the L2 speaking construct in the assessment literature and in high- and low-stakes speaking assessments. This paper first presents a review of the literature on interactional competence (IC) in L2 learning and assessment. It then discusses a particular feature – producing responses contingent on previous speaker contribution – that emerged as a de facto construct feature of IC oriented to by both candidates and examiners within the school-based group speaking assessment in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) English Language Examination. Previous studies have, similarly, argued for the importance of ‘responding to’ or linking one’s own talk to previous speakers’ contributions as a way of demonstrating comprehension of co-participants’ talk. However, what counts as such a response has yet to be explored systematically. This paper presents a conversation analytic study of the candidate discourse in the assessed group interactions, identifying three conversational actions through which student-candidates construct contingent responses to co-participants. The thick description about the nature of contingent responses lays the groundwork for further empirical investigations on the relevance of this IC feature and its proficiency implications.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0265532218758126-
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dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectlanguage testingen
dc.subjectspeakingen
dc.subjectpeer interactionsen
dc.subjectQ330 English as a second languageen
dc.titleWhat counts as ‘responding’? Contingency on previous speaker contribution as a feature of interactional competenceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalLanguage Testingen
dc.date.updated2018-05-11T10:06:05Z-
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