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A Holistic Approach to task-based Interaction.

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Paul SeedhouseORCiD, Saad Almutairi



This paper proposes that interaction generated by tasks has previously been very difficult to analyse because of its highly indexical nature. Task-related actions and non-verbal communication could not be related easily to talk. A technological solution to this problem is presented, using a combination of task-tracking hardware and software, video recording and transcription. This enables a holistic approach, i.e. one in which all elements of behaviour can be integrated in analysis. Micro-analyses of multimodal data are undertaken, which provide revealing insights into the processes of task-based learning. A framework for describing and analysing task-based interaction from a holistic perspective is outlined.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Seedhouse P, Almutairi S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Applied Linguistics

Year: 2009

Volume: 19

Issue: 3

Pages: 311-338

Date deposited: 10/02/2010

ISSN (print): 0802-6106

ISSN (electronic): 1473-4192

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1111/j.1473-4192.2009.00243.x


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