Understanding the Role of Interaction From Linguistic, Affective, and Social Perspectives

  • Guang Xu

Abstract

This study was conducted to broaden the scope of studies on interaction. It examined the role of interaction in terms of linguistic, affective, and social aspects. A questionnaire was administered and intensive interviews conducted to reveal the reality of communication between Chinese ESL students and Canadian native English speakers and how students made sense of their interaction with native speakers. Some linguistic benefits of interaction were found. A dynamic relationship between anxiety/confidence and interaction was identified. However, a significant gap between students’ attitude/desire and their interaction intensity was exposed, which was explained by social support and other factors.
Published
2010-05-19
How to Cite
Xu, G. (2010). Understanding the Role of Interaction From Linguistic, Affective, and Social Perspectives. TESL Canada Journal, 27(2), 68. https://doi.org/10.18806/tesl.v27i2.1049
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