Mediation in Peer Interaction

  • Saraswati Dawadi
Keywords: mediation, zone of proximal development (ZPD), peer interaction, strategies, scaffolding

Abstract

This article examines the strategies used by the high-level English as a foreign language learners to mediate understanding in peer interactions. The data was generated from peer interactions of post graduate level students in their regular classroom. It was found that the students were able to understand communicative intent of their peers and provide support to each other; they worked collaboratively and co-constructed knowledge. They used different strategies to mediate understanding. The major strategies included: repetition, elaboration, definition, contextual cues, scaffolding, paralinguistic cues and real life examples.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/nelta.v19i1-2.12079  

Journal of NELTA, Vol 19 No. 1-2, December 2014: 47-55  

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Author Biography

Saraswati Dawadi
Saraswati Dawadi is a lecturer at the Department of English Education, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur. Currently, she is a PhD scholar at The Open University, Milton Keynes, England. Her research interests include language assessment, second language acquisition and task based language teaching.
Published
2015-02-10
How to Cite
Dawadi, S. (2015). Mediation in Peer Interaction. Journal of NELTA, 19(1-2), 47-55. https://doi.org/10.3126/nelta.v19i1-2.12079
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