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.


Donald Carroll has been teaching ESL/EFL/EAP/ESP as well as Applied Linguistics for over 35 years.  He is a professor at Shikoku Gakuin University. Prior to coming to Japan (over 20 years ago) he taught at universities in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and Mexico. His Ph.D., from the University of York (2006), examined novice-novice L2 interaction.  His BA and MA are in Linguistics from California State University, Fullerton (1980, 1984). For several years Don taught an Introduction to Conversation Analysis course for Temple University Japan’s MATESOL program.

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