Conversation Analysis and Its Potential Applications for English Teacher Training and Development in Turkey

Cihat ATAR

Abstract


Since Conversation Analysis was introduced as a framework for analyzing interaction, it has attracted the interest of many researchers and teaching professionals. Now, it is used in various fields such as linguistics, applied linguistics, institutional interaction (e.g. courts, health institutions), interaction in broadcast media, forensic linguistics and language impairment (e.g. Heritage and Maynard, 2006, Hutchby, 2006).   Teaching English has long posed problems in Turkey and finding new ways to improve language teaching is a significant issue in Turkey (Sert, 2010). Conversation Analysis approach has made significant contributions to second or foreign language teaching in the recent decades (e.g. Seedhouse, 2004, Markee, 2008) and an increasing number of studies has underlined the role of CA in teacher education (Teng and Singwongsuwat, 2015). Accordingly, in this talk the objective is to firstly introduce CA and then, to discuss how CA can be utilized to offer a new perspective on English language teacher education and development especially in the context of Turkey. In this sense, this talk will introduce CA in a general sense for novice researchers and teachers and then, the focus will be on using CA as a methodology for training language teachers.


References


Heritage, J. and Maynard, D. W. (2006) Problems and Prospects in the Study of Physician-Patient Interaction. Annual Review of Sociology 32: 351-74.

Hutchby, I. (2006) Media Talk: Conversation Analysis and the Study of Broadcasting. Glasgow: Open University Press.

Markee, N. (2008a). Conversation Analysis. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Seedhouse, P. (2004). The Interactional Architecture of the Language Classroom: A Conversation Analysis Perspective. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Sert, O. (2010). A Proposal for a CA-Integrated English Language Teacher Education Program in Turkey. Asian EFL Journal Volume 12 (3), pp. 62-97.

Teng, B. and Singwongsuwat, K. (2015) Teaching and Learning English in Thailand and the Integration of Conversation Analysis (CA) into the Classroom. English Language Teaching 8 (3), pp. 13-23.


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