Keeping it real: From textbook dialogs to natural conversation

SpeakerDonald Carroll
Date &Time: Sunday, December 2nd,   2pm-4pm
Place: Kagawa University, Olive Square, English Café


Textbook dialogs are notoriously unnatural, which is to say they do not reflect the organization and practices empirically observable in naturally occurring conversation.  The goal of this workshop is to show teachers how to “re-imagine” textbook dialogs to bring them more into line with real conversation. After an introduction to some of the most commonly observed features of naturally occurring talk-in-interaction, workshop participants will be taking actual instances of textbook dialogs and re-writing (and re-enacting) them according to observations from the field of conversation analysis.  A selection of sample textbook dialogs will be provided that we can rework individually and in groups. In addition, participants are invited to bring their own EFL textbooks with dialogs (or photocopies of textbook dialogs). No prior experience with conversation analysis is needed. Continue reading

PGL (Peace as a Global Language Conference) in Kobe

PGL (Peace as a Global Language Conference) in Kobe
Building Peace Through Democracy and Understanding
Nov. 11th Sunday, 2018 13:00 – 17:00
at Kobegakuin University Portisland campus D101
Lecture by Soma Koji (Kobe Peace Research Institute), a symposium by the African diplomats and poster sessions.
Fee: free of charge, no pre-registration is required
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