‘No chance to speak’: Teaching turn-taking skills for group work

Ryan, Jonathon and Forrest, Leslie (2014) ‘No chance to speak’: Teaching turn-taking skills for group work. CLESOL 2014: 14th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL: Essentials for Learning and Teaching:Ko te Pū, ko te Ako, Wellington, NZ, 11– 13 July, 2014.


Abstract or Summary

Many international students report difficulties recognizing appropriate moments to contribute to group discussions. In response, a turn-taking strand was developed for an advanced listening and speaking program, aimed at developing awareness of turn-taking opportunities, and the skills to seize those opportunities and manage the discourse topic. We discuss the insights from Conversation Analysis that have informed this project and associated reflections from an ongoing action research project; we then demonstrate the routine activities that we have found most useful. We focus initially on ‘projection’, aiming to sensitize learners to the intonational, grammatical and pragmatic cues that give advance warning of the next potential opportunity to speak. We then highlight how language users can seize the floor, creating time to formulate a response. We also address the issue of ‘what to say’, focusing on topic-management, highlighting how speakers initiate, pursue, shift and terminate topics.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:group work, turn-taking, conversation analysis,
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P 95 Oral communication. Speech
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Languages
ID Code:3229
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Deposited On:21 Jul 2014 23:40
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