Teacher talk in an english for medical purposes classroom

Radzuwan, Ab Rashid and Omar Ali, Al-Smadi (2019) Teacher talk in an english for medical purposes classroom. Trends in Social Sciences, 1 (1). pp. 57-63. ISSN 2637-0735

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This paper, which is part of a larger study investigating the discourse in an English for medical purpose (EMP) classroom, discusses the characteristics of teacher talk in the classroom. Teacher talk is of major importance to the students as it serves a major source of students’ language input and subsequently their output. Teacher talk affects students’ learning and performance. Classroom interaction is considered a complex process in which the students and the teachers are in a state of dynamic interactions. Therefore, poor management of classroom interaction affects learning process in several ways such as ineffective/inappropriate instructions by the teacher and failure to engage in meaning-making processes. The data in this study were obtained through an interview with the teacher who is currently teaching an EMP course in one of the medical colleges in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The course aims to prepare students to interact successfully in real –life situations as well as in medical contexts. The teacher talk in EMP classroom is simplified and modified to suit the level of the students. The teacher offered clarification in form of repetition and paraphrasing. The teacher modified his talk to ensure input comprehensibility, promote classroom interactions, expose authentic language to students and avoid confusion. Modifications in teacher talk were subject to students’ level and for achieving clarity of course content. This paper concludes that the teacher talk is modified and simplified to deliver comprehensible input in order to assist the learners’ language acquisition and facilitate learning process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teacher talk, classroom interaction, classroom discourse, discourse analysis, English for medical purposes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: Fatin Safura
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2022 02:20
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2022 02:20
URI: http://eprints.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/6346

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