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A brand new research that examines longitudinal case experiences of interplay among language inexperienced persons and audio system of a aim language inside their casual social networks. >

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Nov. 6. Email interview in Jan. 05 1. , 2. , 3. June, 4. , 5. Nov. 6. Email interviews in Nov. and Feb. 05 One session of online chat 4 days in Sept. One SMS message Four cases of spoken discourse 14 days in Aug. and Sept. Two cases of spoken discourse 6 days in Aug. Simon Max 1. , 2. , 3. June, 4. , 5. , 6. Email interviews in Nov. and Feb. 05 1. : for diary entries, one case of spoken discourse and SMS message 2. : for one case of spoken discourse 1. Sept: for diary entries linguistic abilities.

Such an examination will reveal how opportunities to use L2 are socially and contextually structured, which, in turn, will carry important implications for the construction of improved L2 use/learning environments for the learners. Research into Social Factors Affecting Opportunities for L2 Learning The following sections will present a review of some other relevant literature that considers the social construction of opportunities to learn L2 in natural or semi-natural interactions. , Coughlan & Duff, 1994; Roebuck, 2000).

Given an increasing awareness of contextual and social aspects in language learning research, it is also important to investigate how actual interactions with network members influences SLA. Tarone (1997) suggests that the way NSs and learners behave in a formal, task-oriented context cannot be assumed to be the way they behave in the real world and highlights the necessity to study L2 learning processes in natural settings for everyday communication. My previous research takes up in part Tarone’s (1997) suggestion of the significance of examining authentic interactions in natural settings (Kurata, 2002, 2004a, 2004b).

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