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ERIC Number: ED474754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 13
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Telling Teacher Talk: Sociolinguistic Features of Writing Conferences.
Eodice, Michele
Research and Teaching in Developmental Education, v15 n1 Fall 1998
A review of literature in sociolinguistics and classroom conversation reveals areas in which sociolinguistic research and theory can inform the conducting of student writing conferences with teachers. Studies on classroom discourse, communicative competence in classroom exchanges, the nature and role of teacher talk, and the features of communication in writing conferences are explored. It is concluded that the writing conference is a private dyad within a larger speech community, made up of teacher and student sharing, and is a natural, necessary, and productive supplement to classroom teaching. It can be a nurturing, productive, confidence-building, and even fun experience if treated as an open-ended communicative event in which the teacher asks questions, waits patiently for answers, provides verbal nudges, and probes rather than tests the student. More classroom research is needed, ideally initiated by teacher-ethnographers. (Contains 33 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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