Title

A Study on Institutional Characteristics of a Teacher-Student Dialogue in an ESL Writing Conference

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2010

Publication Source

Journal of Korea Knowledge Information Technology Society

Volume

5

Issue

6

Inclusive pages

65-74

Publisher

Korea Knowledge Information Technology Society

Place of Publication

South Korea

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This study investigates an institutional conversation between a teacher and a student during an ESL writing conference. Unlike a typical institutional talk, in this conversation the student (a doctoral candidate in civil engineering) has a higher level of academic status and professional knowledge than the ESL teacher (a master's degree candidate in TESL). The talk was analyzed using a conversation analytic method and ethnographic observation. The results showed that despite the atypical knowledge levels and relationships between the teacher and student, their shared social knowledge regarding the goal of the writing conference helped the teacher successfully utilize the student's knowledge for her pedagogic purpose. Thus, this study demonstrates that orientation toward core goal of the talk between interlocutors is the primary characteristic of institutional talk.

Keywords

institutional talk, conversation, institutionality, teacher-student interaction, teacher-student communication

Disciplines

Education

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