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ET9B9 - Spoken Interaction

  • Module code: ET9B9
  • Module name: Spoken Interaction
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to help students understand a range of organisational principles underlying spoken interaction, as well as how interactional data can be analysed and evaluated. For this purpose, the module draws on a variety of approaches, including discourse analysis and conversational analysis. This combination of approaches will allow for awareness of the reflexive relationship between spoken interaction and interactional contexts. The module aims to help students link new knowledge and skills in data analysis to critical analysis of language teaching materials and the teaching of spoken interaction in the English language classroom. Its content will include (but is not limited to) a thorough understanding of core aspects of spoken data analysis (such as turn-taking, sequence organisation and repair); a critical appreciation of the continuum between ‘written’ and ‘spoken’ data types, taking into account concepts such as multimodality and intertextuality; principles relevant to the work of language teachers, e.g. repair in classroom discourse, authenticity and naturally occurring data; examination of spoken data in research processes (in particular concentrating on interview interaction) but including transcription, analysis and representation of spoken data; language analysis as pedagogic tool, e.g. understanding authentic texts.

Principal learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should understand and explain key concepts, models and features of spoken interaction, including turn, event, sequence, repair, genre, etc. and be able to operationalise these key concepts in the analysis of naturally occurring spoken data; understand and use common transcription conventions and appropriate tools in the process of analysing spoken data; use their understanding and analysis of spoken data to inform ideas about pedagogic practice and the nature of classroom teaching and classroom materials; demonstrate proficiency in seminar discussion and group work; independently select relevant research for reading and use their critical understanding of this input to inform analysis of spoken data.

Timetabled teaching activities

8 x 1 hour lectures (i.e. one lecture per week), 8 x 1 hour seminars (i.e. one seminar per week)

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Other essential notes

10 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: ET9B9-10)
A (Assessed work only) 2000 word written assignment 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught TESOL (X9PR) - Year 1
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Social Science Research (L98A) - Year 1