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TD Sat1630-5
Saturday, 19/May/2018:
4:30pm - 4:55pm

Location: 4501

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Conversation Analysis of Student Discussions

R. J. Walker, J. M. Underwood

Reitaku University, Japan

In this presentation, we explain how conversation analysis (CA) practices have helped us increase awareness of student performances in an academic speaking course. Our focus is on successful turn-taking, and, by transcribing video-recorded discussions, we discovered a selection of expected and unexpected performance patterns. These findings are fuelled by a multimodal perspective that incorporates paralanguage (such as gesture and laughter) when working on an interaction. Reflections on our discoveries have resulted in insights that may improve teacher practices and student performances in this and similar courses.

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