Characteristics of Modifications for Interaction

Summary B

What follows is a list of items that outline the characteristics of the speech used when native and non-native speakers of a language con- verse. Please consider what issues this raises for classroom interaction designed to help students learn content and language. Then given these expected characteristics of interaction, what would be optimal conditions for interaction for second language learners in the classroom?


Here is a list of what happens to content in initial interaction between native and non-native speakers of a language. This is most true when your knowledge of second language is limited.

Interactional Structure:

These are the characteristics of the structure of a conversation between native and nonnative speakers.

Adapted with permission from:                                                                                             

Teemant, A. & Pinnegar, S. (2007). Understanding Langauge Acquisition Instructional Guide. Brigham Young University-Public School Partnership. 

Suggested Citation

& (2019). Characteristics of Modifications for Interaction: Summary B. In (Ed.), Principles of Language Acquisition. Equity Press. https://equitypress.org/language_acquisition/characteristics_modifications_interaction