Tools for Scaffolding the Development of L2 Speaking in English-medium Higher Education: Lessons from Poland and Australia

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Pitura, Joanna and Chang, Heejin. 2023. "Tools for Scaffolding the Development of L2 Speaking in English-medium Higher Education: Lessons from Poland and Australia." Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition. 9 (2), pp. 1-36. https://doi.org/10.31261/TAPSLA.12816
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Tools for Scaffolding the Development of L2 Speaking in English-medium Higher Education: Lessons from Poland and Australia

ERA Journal ID214337
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPitura, Joanna and Chang, Heejin
Journal TitleTheory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition
Journal Citation9 (2), pp. 1-36
Number of Pages35
Year2023
PublisherWydawnictwo Uniwesytetu Śląskiego
Place of PublicationPoland
ISSN2450-5455
2451-2125
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.31261/TAPSLA.12816
Web Address (URL)https://journals.us.edu.pl/index.php/TAPSLA/article/view/12816
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Participating in oral L2 communication may be challenging for English-medium higher education students. While literature suggests that scaffolding facilitates the development of L2 speaking, research has not addressed the notion of tools for scaffolding its development. The aim of this study is twofold: (1) to investigate how scaffolding can be embodied in tool design to support L2 speaking and (2) to obtain and analyse student perceptions of the tools. We draw on questionnaire data gathered in two iterations of a larger design-based research study conducted in two contexts: English Studies students in Poland (N = 26) and culturally and linguistically diverse L2 learners in Australia (N = 12). This study illustrates how features of scaffolding were applied to map instructor, peer- and technology-based tools in terms of learning activities, resources, technology, and feedback. The results suggest that these tools may cater to the multiple levels of student understanding and skill with regard to the development of L2 speaking found in modern L2 classrooms.

Keywordsscaffolding, L2 speaking, higher education, Poland, Australia
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470401. Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
470306. English as a second language
390104. English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Byline AffiliationsPedagogical University of Krakow, Poland
University of Southern Queensland
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