Conversations Basic 5
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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For this conversation, the speaking rates are fairly normal for this proficiency group (118.6) to Ayaka’s 87.7. Similarly the amount of silence is a little high but not necessarily noteworthy, 12.0%. There is little commentary from Ayaka to some of Sho’s comments, and she tends to ask few (3) questions. Cross-talk pausing is minimal, 10.4 seconds. Ayaka also relies too much on minimal responses, and provides very few details about her life.
This is one of the few discussions in which the female has dominated the discussion, with Miya having 340 words compared to Yuma’s 228. This discussion is made of too many minimal responses. MLRs are somewhat short: 6.5 for the male and 7.5 for Miya, and the percentage of silence is very high, 28.0, 177.1 seconds. Other forms of dysfluency is rather normal but Miya has more repetition and use of L1 than Yuma.
Cross-talk pausing is very high with this discussion, 51.1 seconds, and the overall amount of silence is very high 31.0% or 186.4 seconds (3 minutes). The average mean length of pausing is also notable, with Yuma MLP being 6.3 seconds and Ayaka’s 9.1. Nonetheless, Yuma has slightly more production with 229 words compared to Ayaka’s 195. Speaking rate is average (72.7 for Yuma) to high 99.9 for Ayaka. The conversation is a bit awkward.
Both males have a high speaking rate, 106.5 for Sho, and 112.6 for Naoyuki. Cross-talk pausing is not very high, 19.0 seconds, as well as the percentage of silence, 9.9% though this is 74.8 seconds. Mean length runs are fairly normal 12.6/9.0, and both participants are productive, with Naoyuki having 640 words and Sho having 441 words. Both males have few minimal responses
This conversation is notable insofar that there is an unusually high rate of cross-talk pausing 54.4, which is rather uncommon for males. The overall amount of silence is also extremely high: 136.7 seconds. Yuma has a high rate of use of L1 and a low speaking rate, 71. 4 as compared to Naoyuki’s 118.1 which is more average for this level of proficiency; however, Naoyuki does have a very high rate of repetition and meaningless syllables. Yuma’s monotone does make listening difficult, and this is one issue that should be addressed. More minimal responses in this conversation. Both participants do have a very high number of words, for Naoyuki 475, and for Yuma, 399.
In this discussion, there is a moderate level of cross-talk pausing, 22.7 seconds; the amount of silence is 46.7 seconds or 7.6%. Furthermore, it is interesting that Sho tends to ask most of the questions. He also has the highest number of words 431 compared to Miya’s 280. Miya does not seem to be aware that she should also inquire or to provide more descriptive answers, or opinions. There is not-enough follow-up. Miya has too much repetition, and again, the number of words are showing that males again tend to dominate conversations, with Sho having 431 and Miya having only 280.
This is one of the more “silent” discussions with cross-talk pausing being extremely high 202.4 seconds, and the overall amount of silence being 311.2 seconds or 40.6%. Minimal responses almost make up the entire discussions. It seems that both girls had a hard time relating to each other. Ayaka’s silence is 87.2 compared to Miya’s 21.6. Speaking rate is about average 66.0 to Miya’s 86.2. MLPs are long 7.2 seconds.