A1 Journal article (refereed)
Peer interaction, mediation, and a view of teachers as creators of learner L2 development (2023)

Poehner, M. E., & Leontjev, D. (2023). Peer interaction, mediation, and a view of teachers as creators of learner L2 development. International journal of applied linguistics, 33(1), 18-32. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijal.12444

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All authors or editorsPoehner, Matthew E.; Leontjev, Dmitri

Journal or seriesInternational journal of applied linguistics



Publication year2023

Publication date28/10/2022


Issue number1

Pages range18-32


Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open accessChannel is not openly available

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/89383


SLA researchers in a variety of theoretical traditions have argued that interaction is essential to supporting learner L2 (second/foreign language) development. While L2 research informed by sociocultural theory has generally examined either peer-to-peer or teacher–learner interactions, the present study investigated how these may function together to form a mediating classroom environment. Drawing on examples from a collaborative project with a university teacher of L2 Japanese writing, we illustrate that while the quality of peer interactions may differ from teacher mediation, learner collaborative efforts allow them opportunities to collectively uncover partial understanding and synthesize their knowledge, positioning them to benefit from subsequent interactions with the teacher while also helping orient the teacher to areas of learner difficulty.

Keywordslanguageforeign languagesteaching and instructionlearningteachersschool childrenlearners with special needslanguage teachinglanguage learninglanguage teachersinteractionlinguistic interactionsocial interaction

Free keywordsforeign language teaching methodology/teacher education; language education; second/foreign language acquisition

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating2

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