Acquiring the Dialogue: Providing Input by Using a Fusion of Skills Technique

Authors

  • Alfred N. Smith Ph.D.,

    1. Utah State University
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      Alfred N. Smith (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is Professor of French, ESL, and Foreign Language Education at Utah State University, Logan, UT.

  • Lee Ann Rawley M.A.

    1. Utah State University
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      Lee Ann Rawley (M.A., candidate, Utah State University) is a lecturer in the Intensive English Language Institute at Utah State University, Logan, UT.


Abstract

ABSTRACT Recent research in language acquisition suggests to the second language teacher new directions which focus on the importance of an extended period of listening and meaningful communication. The authors have developed a technique for teaching the dialogue which provides copious pre-production input and acquisition experiences through which students create the dialogue lines. This technique is composed of the following steps: 1) pre-narrative activities; 2) the narrative; 3) contextual expansion of the new vocabulary; 4) reading input: the cloze; 5) dialogue construction from visual cues; 6) dialogue recreation; 7) interpretive comprehension.

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