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What to do when the target speaker reads the prompts on a planning page

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  • Meghan Bird
    Meghan Bird 10/06/2017 at 4:41 am

    I have a student who was reading the prompts on the expository text planning page. How do I deal with this when I am transcribing the language sample?

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  • Salt Support

    If the student was the target speaker, and whose language you plan to analyze, it depends upon how you feel it impacted the sample. If reading the language was noticeably stronger than spontaneous production, you could "comment out" those utterances by beginning the utterance with an equal sign, e.g., = C Rules of the game. These "commented out" utterances would not be included in any analyses. If you want to leave them in, you just need to be mindful of how those utterances might impact the analyses. You could flag them with a code, e.g., [R], to simply note that the student read the prompt. But those utterances would be included in analysis. For the samples in the SALT Expository database, prompts that were read were marked with a code and included in the sample.

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