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REAO: East Asian Studies Journals
Zhejiang Normal University, China
Interaction plays an important role in L2 teaching and learning. However, learners’ perceptions of interaction may vary in different contexts. This study drew on an open-ended survey to examine learners’ perceptions of interaction in Chinese as a second language classes. The results showed that CSL learners perceived interaction conducive to their learning and emphasized the important role of the teacher during interaction, however, they held mixed perceptions about participation in interaction, which was related to different factors such as the quality of the teacher’s instruction, student group dynamics, individual learner differences, and the topic of interaction. Moreover, improvements for interaction were suggested in terms of providing learners with more opportunities to speak, transforming the role of the teacher, and diversifying classroom interactive activities. Implications for CSL teaching and learning were also discussed.
Learners’ perceptions, interaction, Chinese as a second language