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Effective teacher talk: a threshold concept in TESOL

Skinner, Barbara (2016) Effective teacher talk: a threshold concept in TESOL. ELT Journal, 71 (2). pp. 1-13. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1093/elt/ccw062

Abstract

English language teachers are expected to use effective teacher talk, however, teacher education courses do not always clarify how student teachers can achieve this. This paper advocates that understanding and using effective teacher talk is crucial for successful ELT and as such is a ‘threshold concept’ in TESOL. ‘Threshold concept’ is a term used in higher education to describe core concepts that once understood, transform perception of a subject and help students progress in their discipline. In this study nine NS and NNS EFL student teachers explore their use of teacher talk by participating in stimulated recall interviews using recordings of teaching practice lessons as the stimuli. Findings show trainees understand effective teacher talk differently, with some trainees linking it to pedagogical purpose whilst others do not. This study is the first to examine threshold concepts in TESOL and shows it is a useful micro-perspective for developing the TESOL curricula.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:TESOL, teacher education, teacher talk, threshold concept
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:35051
Deposited By: Dr Barbara Skinner
Deposited On:05 Jul 2016 09:03
Last Modified:11 Sep 2018 22:23

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