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Collaborative construction of knowledge during students´ oral interaction in a foreign language (English) class

Author(s): Hélvio Frank de Oliveira

Journal: Via Litterae
ISSN 2176-6800

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 88;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Oral interaction (speaking) | Scaffolding | Collaborative learning | English language

Current studies on teaching/learning of foreign languages have focused on the sociocultural theory as an essential perspective for the process of reflection, discussion and decision-making through collaborative work for the development of instructional tasks in the classroom. As the environment around us plays an important role in the way we constructed knowledge, we need to understand how these actions happen in a practical way. Such actions correspond to the interactional support systems which are used by a heterogeneous group to carry out the specific task of scaffolding, which is the heart of this study. In this research study, I tried to understand how collaborative work and assistance among students, during oral (speaking) interactions provided the building blocks, or scaffolding, for each of the students involved to be able to carry out tasks they would not be able to carry out on their own, which provided for success to happen only through collective learning.
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