Temple University Japan:

Discourse Analysis and the Language Classroom

Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2002 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Noel Houck, California State University, Long Beach

This course will first explore several current approaches to describing spoken language: especially functional analysis, conversation analysis, and interactional sociolinguistics. We will then focus on what these different approaches can reveal about what is really going on in foreign language classrooms. In particular, we will focus on what close observation and analysis reveal about all of the following classroom issues: 1) how learners acquire language in the foreign language classroom; 2) how teachers actually structure their speech and their interaction in language classrooms (which is often different from what they think they are doing); 3) how learners use language in pair and group work; 4) what kinds of miscommunication can occur both in language classrooms and in academic classrooms where native-speakers interact with non-native speakers. Participants will work with brief data excerpts to get a feel for how the process of analyzing classroom interaction works.
This is part of TUJ's Distinguished Lecturer Series. Note that each seminar is actually 2 days long, apx. 7 hours per day. The first three hours of each seminar are free and open to the public. To attend both days of the weekend seminar costs 10,500 yen for the general public (free for M.Ed. and Ed.D. alumni of Temple University Japan). Please see the TUJ Tokyo web site for full details.

Organization: Temple University Japan

Cost: TUJ Members: free for M.Ed. and Ed.D. alumni of Temple University Japan
Non-members: free (first three hours)

Venue: Temple University Japan, Tokyo Center, 2-8-12 Minami Azabu; Minato-ku, Tokyo

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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