Narration and Narrative in L2 Speakers of Russian
Article first published online: 15 FEB 2011
© 2011 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 153–180, Spring 2011
How to Cite
Robin, R. M. (2011), Narration and Narrative in L2 Speakers of Russian. Foreign Language Annals, 44: 153–180. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2011.01121.x
- Issue published online: 15 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 15 FEB 2011
- Submitted August 19, 2009 Accepted December 17, 2010
Abstract: The researcher examined 54 oral proficiency interviews (OPIs) with L2 Russian speakers ranging from Intermediate High through Superior (predominantly Advanced Mid) for narrative as defined by Labov. Descriptors adapted from episodic analysis were also used. While the author found that OPIs provided relatively weak prompts for narrative, Superior speakers provided complex episodes more readily than did speakers at lower levels. While the author found paragraphed narration throughout the Advanced range, narrative episodes consisted largely of stative accounts of events, often accompanied by evaluation, rather than punctual actions. Attempts at complete episodic narration at Advanced Mid and lower levels sometimes resulted in evidence of additional cognitive load or breakdown. The researcher concluded that narrative, as opposed to narration, is an emerging skill at the Advanced level.