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ERIC Number: ED353827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 9
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ITA "Teacher Talk"--Discourse Markers as Guideposts to Learning.
Dalle, Teresa; Inglis, Margaret
In a study at Memphis State University (Tennessee), international students training as teaching assistants were taught the importance of discourse markers and other techniques for communicating in the classroom. The discourse markers are verbal cues that serve important pedagogical functions such as separating ideas, indicating temporal relationships and causation, and providing emphasis and contrast. They are characteristic of teacher talk, and improve the clarity and effectiveness of pedagogical communication. Students were also taught other ways of integrating teacher talk into the curriculum, including speed of speech, style of presentation, formal rhetorical structure, longer periods of speech without interruption, specific kinds of body language, use of props such as the chalkboard, and phrases commonly used by teachers. Early in the training programs, each subject was videotaped presenting a 7-minute explanation of a term from his discipline. After instruction, subjects were videotaped again, presenting the same explanation but with integration of teacher talk. Results indicate the effectiveness of the training. A 15-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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