ERIC Number: ED335910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Implications of a Conversation Analysis Approach To Request Sequences for English Language Teaching.
Scott, Pamela J.
This study examines through Conversation Analysis (CA) the way requests for action are interactionally accomplished in naturally occurring spontaneous conversation, and uses the findings as the basis for an evaluation of the way requests are presented in published English language teaching (ELT) materials. The following areas are discussed: (1) the general implications of a CA approach to conversational interaction for ELT; (2) the implications of a CA approach to requests for notions of appropriateness; (3) what constitutes a request; and (4) request and pre-request sequences in the CA literature. It is demonstrated that there is no overt orientation in any of the instructional materials examined to the kind of interactional issues discussed. However, some materials provide implicit models of how conversational interaction is accomplished. Appended materials include extracts of research data, an evaluation sheet, and references and a bibliography. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conversation; Requests
Note: M.S. Dissertation.