Volume 7, Issue 6, November 2019, Page: 368-372
On the Implications of Conversation Analysis for College Oral English Teaching
Li Feng, School of Foreign Languages, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China
Received: Dec. 8, 2019;       Accepted: Dec. 19, 2019;       Published: Dec. 31, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.20190706.27      View  423      Downloads  177
College English is an important basic course in China’s higher education. Its quality is related to the talents’ cultivation and their practical working ability in the 21st century. Although most Chinese college students are proficient in English reading and writing, their oral English abilities are relatively weak. As is known to all, conversation plays an irreplaceable role in oral communication, and a host of scholars and educators have advocated including authentic conversations into college oral English teaching. However, their studies are mostly concerned with only a specific interactional practice of conversation, and there lacks a systemic study on the comprehensive application of conversations to oral English teaching. As a sociological research method, Conversation Analysis is aimed to study the social practices of talk and the social norm behind these conversational practices. The findings of Conversation Analysis have shown some potential in oral English teaching. Based on the current situation of Chinese college oral English teaching, the present study first explores the applicability of Conversation Analysis to college oral English teaching, then attempts to construct a practical oral English teaching model for college students in terms of four typical interactional organizations in conversation, viz. turn-taking organization, adjacency pairs, preference organization and repair organization, so as to effectively cultivate their communicative and interactive English skills and enhance their all-round practical capabilities to use English as a whole.
Conversation Analysis, College Oral English Teaching, Conversation Organization, Communicative Skills
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Li Feng, On the Implications of Conversation Analysis for College Oral English Teaching, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 7, No. 6, 2019, pp. 368-372. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20190706.27
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