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Investigating Group Planning in Preparation for Oral Presentations in an EFL Class in Vietnam
RELC Journal (Journal of Language Teaching and Research) (2007)
  • Tuan Truong, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Neomy Storch, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Abstract
Research on pre-task planning has shown that planning has beneficial effects on learners' subsequent language output. However, to date most of this research has focused on solitary rather than group planning. Furthermore, very few studies have investigated what actually happens during the planning time. This study, conducted in an EFL class in Vietnam, investigated the nature and impact of group planning on learners' subsequent individual oral presentations. The learners (n=17) worked in small groups preparing for oral presentations. At the end of the planning session, two learners from each group were randomly selected to give presentations. All group work and individual presentations were audio recorded and teacher observation notes were collected. Transcribed oral data were coded for idea units and language related episodes as well as salient features of group interaction. The study found that group planning dealt with the content rather than the language of presentations. Using a matching procedure, the study found that most of the ideas presented were generated during the planning time. However, there were variations between the groups. The group that seemed to be the most interactive and that focused on both content and language was a group composed of mixed proficiency learners.
Keywords
  • group work,
  • group discussion,
  • idea units,
  • language related episodes,
  • oral presentations,
  • pre-task planning,
  • SLA,
  • collaboration,
  • ELT,
  • ESL,
  • EFL
Publication Date
Spring April 15, 2007
Citation Information
Tuan Truong and Neomy Storch. "Investigating Group Planning in Preparation for Oral Presentations in an EFL Class in Vietnam" RELC Journal (Journal of Language Teaching and Research) Vol. 38 Iss. 1 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tonyedu/1/