Conversations Basic 2
Each conversation is accompanied by an analysis to give a quick evaluative summation of the students’ performance along with a recommendation of how the students could do better. Various patterns of fluency and dysfluency might be cited if the issue is relevant to the video / transcript.
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This gendered discussion is interesting insofar that both participants really seemed to enjoy talking, so the percentage of silence is low, around 3.5%. Cross-talk pausing is not evident. There was a high rate of speaking rate for Shohei 122.7 as compared to Megumi’s, which was somewhat low 58.9. One issue that is apparent from the transcript is the very high level of minimal responses, so longer replies could help to improve the overall fluency of both participants.
This discussion is rather fluid, with low cross-talk pausing 4.3 seconds, with a total amount of silence being 32.5 seconds. Lexical dysfluency is very limited to just some L1 usage, though syntactic dysfluency is high on one variable, repetition (Megumi: 25 occurrences). MLRs are fairly the same length for both participants, 8.1 for Kohei and 10.5 for Megumi. Kohei’s speaking rate is relatively high 101.0 but Megumi’s could be much higher 57.7 There are some minimal responses.
This discussion between Yuri and Megumi shows a higher level of speaking rate for Yuri, 104.6, and a lower one for Megumi. There is a low rate of silence of 5.7% The girls are are very animated, Mean length runs are 7.6 for Yuri’s and 6.5 for Megumi. And there is low acoustic dysfluency 5.0%, as well as a low lexical and syntactic dysfluency, though the levels of repetition could be lower. The interaction is balanced, with 254 words for Yuri and 248 for Megumi. In short, this is a good example of fluency in same-sex interactions, though minimal responses are bit too frequent.
This discussion is a first insofar that Yuri had a higher number of words than Kohei, 398 words compared to 266, though Yuri had a higher number of meaningless syllables, 75. MLRs are fairly similar. The total number of silence is high 99.8 seconds, a 13.0%, which is a bit high, but the two participants enjoyed each other. The speaking rate for the Kohei is high 100.7 while Yuri’s is somewhat low, 64.8.
This second same-sex discussion was interesting as both males had high speaking rates 116.2 and 116.7, with no cross-talk pausing. Dysfluency is limited though Kohei had a high level of repetition (38 occurrences) as well as a high level of meaningless syllables 96. There is some unbalance to the discussion with Shohei talking more than twice as long as Kohei, so my recommendations would be that Kohei provide more descriptive responses and stories.
This gendered discussion between Shohei and Yuri is quite fluid, with no cross-talk pausing. Intonation is marked, laughter is common, though minimal responses are too common. MLR are too short for Yuri who had 5.8 syllables as compared to Shohei’s 9.9. Shohei had a high rate of meaningless syllables 64 which is double Yuri’s, 29. Yuri’s speech is notable insofar that she had no silence in her speech while Shohei had 44 seconds. Recommendations seem to focus on reducing repetition and rephrasing with Yuri talking longer and giving more descriptive replies. Again, Shohei had four times the number of words as Yuri, 433 words compared to 108.