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Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my website. My name is Sofia and I’m the brains behind this beauty! Sorry for the casual narcissism… Jokes aside, if you’ve read my about me section you may already be aware of the type of content I plan on sharing, if not, let me expand. This blog isn’t going to be focused on one particular field or area, I want this site to reflect my many interests, so you’ll get to enjoy content that deals with societal & political issues, history which will include political history, the histories of nations, royal history and more.

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Conversation Analysis: An Inquiry into Conversational Adjacency Pairs Amongst University Students

If you’re wondering what on earth conversation analysis is and how it’s relevant to social life, take a read of my first post dealing with issues within CA. There, I give a comprehensive rundown of what exactly CA is and how such a wonderful tool can give us a fascinating insight into human behaviour and how our society is structured through the organization of our speech. Granted, it’s not as juicy as tabloid drama or as riveting as a Game of Thrones-esque short story, but if you’re like me and enjoy reading the most obscure, random content the internet can spit out, you may find it somewhat interesting, I hope so anyway because both pieces ruined my life when writing them!

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Conversation Analysis: An Inquiry into Conversational Turn-Taking & Overlaps amongst University Students

The notion of conversation analysis (henceforth CA) is an approach to analysis that arose in the realm of the social sciences, namely sociology. CA deals with the study of both verbal and non-verbal communication in a naturally occurring, colloquial setting, also known as talk-in-interaction; with its origins rooted in the field of sociology scholars and researchers soon realised this analytical tool could be applied to numerous other fields of study. In layman’s terms, the study of CA aims to discover how participants understand and respond to one another in their turns at talk. The goals of CA aim to identify how sequences of action are generated. As Hutchby and Wooffitt (2008) put it, “the objective of CA is to uncover the often-tacit reasoning procedures and sociolinguistic competencies underlying the production and interpretation of talk in organized sequences of interaction.”

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Part Three: To what extent do learner experiences influence Second Language Acquisition? An Analysis

Upon analysis of all four interviews, I was able to identify some differences, but some common themes also became apparent, which I found interesting. I decided I wanted to analyse the data by firstly looking at the subjects who acquired a second language via immersion and looking for any differences and similarities in personality and motivation as well as learning experiences. I analysed the remaining two subjects’ data in a similar fashion, looking for any differences and similarities in potential learner differences, learning environments and learning experiences. From there, a comparison of both methods of learning was analysed in order for me to come to a conclusion in regard to my research question.

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Part Two: To what extent do learner experiences influence Second Language Acquisition? A Review of the Literature

Although the field of SLA has been extensively analysed over the years, existing research relating to my study was sparse. With that being said, in a paper from Segalowitz et al (2018) the comparison of two learner contexts were studied. Linguistic gains were monitored between a group of subjects learning Spanish as a second language via classroom learning and through a study abroad programme, in other words, immersion. In regard to immersion, it was stated that language learners of this context may not always be “immersed” as such. There are many factors that may hinder one’s ability to interact with native speakers, the first being personality, one may feel intimidated and opt not to interact with those who speak a foreign language. Another factor may be motivation as a lack of motivation will hinder the language acquisition process greatly. Furthermore, Brecht et al (1995), cited in Segalowitz et al (2018) claims that those with competent grammar prior to moving abroad outperform those with less competence in regard to oral language acquisition. The implications of the data collected by Segalowitz et al suggested that overall, those who studied abroad were more proficient in Spanish than those who took part in classroom learning. However, the results denoted only minor differences between both groups in regard to language proficiency. Although immersion was a better option for the subjects in this study, the data still suggested that those learning via classroom acquired language too which could possibly denote the prevalence of learner differences.

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