Edited by Rosa M. Manchón and Julio Roca de Larios
[Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 5] 2023
► pp. 292–314
This chapter describes the development of a coding scheme for the analysis of young English as a foreign language learners’ engagement with model texts. After outlining the theoretical rationale underlying our analytical procedure, and the methodological problems we experienced when attempting to apply constructs developed in research with adults to a younger and less proficient group of learners, I go on to explain the multiple steps involved in our process-product analysis. Careful triangulation of different measures including the children’s written texts, handwritten notes, and transcripts of their collaborative dialogue across two multi-stage tasks, enabled us to identify a series of trajectories involving diverse combinations of noticing, strategic problem-solving, and degrees of uptake. The coding categories and methodological decisions are illustrated with examples from the children’s data. Limitations in the procedure are also highlighted.