Conversations Basic 4
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 discussion is also a bit unbalanced with the Taiki having 338 words compared to Yuki’s 178, who has too many minimal responses. MLRs are 16.9 for Taiki which is double than Yuki’s 8.8. The percentage of silence is high, 21.4%, 126.3 seconds. Taiki’s amount of silence is a bit higher than Yuki’s, however, 29.6 seconds to Yuki’s 19.3 seconds. Taiki does have far more meaningless syllables 23 compared to Yuki’s 8. Cross-talk pausing is fairly high; 77.4 which shows that there is some anxiety in talking between the two perhaps.
This is one of the more fluent discussions marked by high speaking rates, Yuka’s 129.2 and Masaki’s 140.1, and with no cross-talk pausing. The percentage of silence is very low 0.8%, 5.3 seconds. Average mean length runs (MLRS) are also very high, with Masaki having 25.1 and Yuka’s 13.2; however, as males tend to dominate discussions, this is also the case, with Masaki having 669 words compared to Yuka’s 348. Minimal responses are few.
In this discussion, Nishio has a higher speaking rate than Kawabata, 122.7 to 88.4,but both speakers have long MLRs, 12.8 and 13.0. The amount of silence is somewhat high, 13.1% or a 109.3 seconds. The average pause time is also high 5.1 to 4.4. Both speakers were productive, with a high number of words, 406, to Kawabata’s 519. The discussion is animated, and both speakers are engaged. Minimal responses are few.
In this discussion, Yuki’s minimal responses are very common place, often being just one word. Her fluency rate is 64.1 compared to Takaki’s 99.1, however, cross-talk pausing is only 5.7 seconds. Total amount of silence is 40.1 seconds or 6.7%. Takaki’s MLRs are a bit longer than usual, 20.9 syllables, but Yuki’s are only 7.1. So, again, male domination is to be seen with 449 words from Takaki compared to Yuki’s 137.
This conversation reveals again the tendency for males to dominate discussions, so Nishio does have more production 586 words compared to 442 for Yuki, who also has a high level of meaningless syllables for this discussion. Both participants seemed to enjoy the discussion; they were engaged, and laughter is common, and there is no cross-talking pausing. The amount of silence is very limited, 2.3%. Yuki does have too many repetition, 36. MLRs are average for this level of proficiency, 11.5 and 8.7.
There is some unbalance to this discussion with Yuki Oyama having roughly twice as many words that Suzuki-san, 438 to 268. Oyama-san seems to have a higher level of proficiency, showing a 95.2 speaking rate as compared to Suzuki-san’s 70.2. There is a surprising high level of cross talk pausing, 56.5 seconds. The amount of silence for the conversation is moderate, 11.0%, or 82.5 seconds. Oyama-san has a high level of meaningless syllables 33 as compared to Suzuki-san’s, 10. Lexical dysfluency is low, though Oyama-san does use Japanese frequently, 7 occurrences.