Teachers and Learners Constructing Meaning for Vocabulary Items in a Foreign Language Classroom

Eva Ingerpuu-Rümmel
University of Tartu, Institute of Social Studies, Estonia

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Ingår i: Proceedings of the 2nd European and the 5th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication, August 6-8, 2014, Tartu, Estonia

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 110:6, s. 37-45

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Publicerad: 2015-05-26

ISBN: 978-91-7519-074-7

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper presents a study of how teachers and learners use two semiotic resources – verbal expression and gestures – to construct meaning for words and expressions in French and Estonian language classrooms. For the purposes of the research, university seminars where Estonian and French were taught as foreign languages were videotaped. A micro-level multimodal discourse analysis of the videos was then conducted. The results show that each semiotic resource has its specific functions in the process of constructing meaning.


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