An ethnographic study of children's talk about gaming

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    This paper describes and discusses three young Danish children’s (11 year olds) language-use while playing and
    talking about playing English-language games. The study employs ethnographic descriptive interviewing (Spradley:
    1979): the children are asked to take the interviewer on a “guided tour” through videogames they play on a regular
    basis. Spradley notes that: “ [d]escriptive questions aim to elicit a large sample of utterances in the informants native
    language” (1979, p. 49) and can provide “…a large sample of native terms” (p.50). The study describes the “native
    language/native terms” to see how the English-language input provided by the games is being noticed and employed
    by the children. The study rests on the assumption that incidental language acquisition is possible and suggests that
    language-use by children may reflect this. The children were asked to play their favorite game(s) and were asked to
    describe what they did in the game and why. During gameplay the researcher asked a number of what and why and
    how questions in order to elicit as many details as possible. The informants are part of a large-scale project funded by
    the Danish council for independent research and have been chosen on the basis of their gaming habits (+4 hours
    weekly). Recording of the guided tour was done at school after the school day was over with parental consent. The
    recording took approximately 2 hours. The children brought their own iPads and decided which games they wanted
    to show the researcher. When the informants used English to describe a scene/object, the term(s) were employed by
    the researcher subsequently so to not re-phrase the “native language” of the children.
    Publikationsdato20. apr. 2017
    Antal sider1
    StatusUdgivet - 20. apr. 2017
    BegivenhedThinking, Doing, Learning: Usage-based perspectives on second language learning - Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München, Tyskland
    Varighed: 19. apr. 201721. apr. 2017
    Konferencens nummer: 3


    KonferenceThinking, Doing, Learning
    LokationLudwig Maximilians Universität


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