Ní Mhocháin, R (2014) Focus group data investigating ESOL speakers’ talk. In: Annual IVACS One-Day Symposium, 23 January 2014, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland.


This paper involves an initial analysis of focus group data of ESOL speakers in Ireland. The participants were resident in Ireland and were not at the time enrolled in language classes. The focus group discussion revolved around their experiences of conversation in Ireland and how previous language education classes benefited, or not, in conversational situations. This initial analysis, carried out using Wmatrix as a starting point, aims to explore the resultant talk by quantifying recurring linguistic features with the added expectation of identifying areas for further in-depth qualitative analysis. The learning from the initial Wmatrix analysis and its relevance for trainee and in-service language teachers will be discussed

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 11:51
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