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Sequences of normative evaluation in two telecollaboration projects: A comparative study of multimodal feedback through desktop videoconference

Abstract : In our study we analyse how the same interactional dynamic is produced in two different pedagogical settings exploiting a desktop videoconference system. We propose to focus our attention on a specific type of conversational side sequence, known in the Francophone literature as sequences of normative evaluation. More particularly, we analyse data from two telecollaborative projects through desktop videoconference: a French-Chinese tandem, and a French-Irish telecollaboration between trainee teachers and learners of French as a foreign language. The comparison of two different pedagogical settings allows us to understand what types of interactional dynamics are co-constructed through the desktop videoconference environment and which characteristics are specific to each pedagogical setting. Within a socio-interactionist perspective, we analysed four hours of interactions, focusing particularly on the transmodal enactment of the sequences under scrutiny and its relation to learners' uptake. Our results show on the one hand that there are some quantitative differences in the production of sequences of normative evaluation between the two pedagogical settings, and on the other hand that, contrary to our hypothesis, the co-construction of these sequences does not differ in multimodal density across the two contexts. We discuss these results and propose some tentative explanations for them.
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Marco Cappellini, Brahim Azaoui. Sequences of normative evaluation in two telecollaboration projects: A comparative study of multimodal feedback through desktop videoconference. Language Learning in Higher Education, De Gruyter, 2017, 7 (1), ⟨10.1515/cercles-2017-0002⟩. ⟨hal-01309393⟩

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