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Editorial: Interactional competence in the online space: Affordances, challenges, and opportunities for TESOL practitioners

Dai, David Wei; Grieve, Averil; Yahalom, Sharon; (2022) Editorial: Interactional competence in the online space: Affordances, challenges, and opportunities for TESOL practitioners. TESOL in Context , 30 (2) pp. 1-7. 10.21153/tesol2022vol30no2art1703. Green open access

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Abstract

Interactional competence (IC) is a concept gaining growing currency in language learning, teaching and assessment. First proposed by Kramsch (1986), IC focuses on developing second language (L2) speakers’ abilities to use language for functional purposes, ranging from “survival as a tourist or a student to negotiating treaties” (p. 366). The conceptualization of language competence as an ability for use differentiates IC from traditional understanding of proficiency, which consists of componential, de-contextualized ability indicators such as lexical range, grammatical soundness, and pronunciation. The ethos of IC emphasizes that language teaching education needs to focus on cultivating L2 speakers’ abilities to use their linguistic resources (e.g., vocabulary and grammar) to achieve meaningful social actions in real-world interactional contexts. This special issue comprises three research articles and three book reviews, each of which exemplifies the ways in which IC can be applied to face-to-face and online learning opportunities for L2 speakers.

Type: Article
Title: Editorial: Interactional competence in the online space: Affordances, challenges, and opportunities for TESOL practitioners
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.21153/tesol2022vol30no2art1703
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.21153/tesol2022vol30no2art1703
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright (c) 2023 TESOL in Context Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10178970
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