Frank B. Brooks (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is Assistant Professor of Multilingual/Multicultural Education at Florida State University, Tallahassee.
Can We Talk?
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1992 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 25, Issue 1, pages 59–71, February 1992
How to Cite
Brooks, F. B. (1992), Can We Talk?. Foreign Language Annals, 25: 59–71. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1992.tb00514.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT The negotiation of meaning, the process whereby speakers work with each others' messages to achieve understanding, is currently regarded as an important factor in second language development. This article discusses the negotiation process and presents selected findings from a study of learner-to-learner talk found during systematic observation of a Spanish conversation course at the college level. The findings suggest that an interview-type speaking activity does not necessarily provide opportunities for negotiation work to take place. An example is provided for a speaking activity that promotes negotiation work among learners of foreign languages. Using this example as a guide, similar tasks can be created.