4.2.3 Group III

Four pupils participate in Group III's discussion, one girl, G4, and three boys, B5, B6, and B7. G4 is the chairperson, and B5 the speaker graded by the S.E.B.; he was assessed as General Level, Grade 4. The female teacher is walking around the classroom; she contributes to the discussion at one point, and addresses the class as a whole towards the end of the recording. The group has been asked to discuss arguments for and against the existence of the Loch Ness Monster.

The topic of this discussion may have affected its form; it is possible that some topics may provoke participants into defending extreme positions, as happens in this case, since evaluating the evidence on either side is unlikely to change someone's belief in the existence or non-existence of the Loch Ness Monster.

B5 is a dominating speaker, and this is the only discussion in the sample with a speaker who demonstrates almost exclusively competitive features.

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