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2: Person to Person

Introduction
Before You Watch
Analyze the Video
Examine the Topic
Put it Into Practice
Action Research Project
Reflect on Your Learning

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Library Video Chart
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Classroom interaction is simple. It is the talk that occurs in classrooms between teachers and students and among students. It's also a very complex thing in that it is the primary medium by which learning occurs in classrooms, and that's any kind of classroom, be it a history classroom or a math classroom or a social studies classroom. The primary means by which learning occurs is through talk, and for that reason alone it is extremely important.

- Joan Kelly Hall, Professor of Applied Linguistics and Education, Pennsylvania State University


Learning Goals

What is the importance of classroom interaction? In this session, you'll review relevant research, observe video discussions and classroom examples, and do a culminating activity on the interpersonal mode of communication. At the end of this session, you will better understand how to:
  • analyze the patterns of communication that exist in your classroom;
  • plan for classroom conversations that help students improve their communication skills while they learn content;
  • develop a repertoire of effective communicative strategies; and
  • design student group work for meaningful student interactions.

Key Terms

backward design
Bloom's taxonomy
classroom discourse
communicative action
communicative modes
comprehensible input
Initiation/Response/Evaluation (IRE) communication pattern
Initiation/Response/Follow-Up (IRF) communication pattern
instructional conversation (IC)
negotiation of meaning
scaffolding
Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)


Materials Needed

A transcript of a classroom conversation from your class or from one you observe. (For information about creating a classroom transcript, see the Put It Into Practice section.)



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