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It is important to learn from classroom discussions, both for pupils and teachers. This free course, Evaluating school classroom discussion, will help you, as a teacher, to evaluate such discussions in order to help students develop their understanding and use of spoken language. The ability to use language as a tool for constructing and sharing knowledge is applicable across the whole curriculum.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand ways that spoken language is used to create joint knowledge and understanding, and to pursue teaching and learning
- consider the educational implications of some recent research on teaching and learning in face-to-face interactions
- demonstrate some approaches to analysing the spoken language of teaching and learning.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1. Language as a tool for social action
- 2. Evaluating classroom discussion
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Evaluating school classroom discussion
This course draws attention to the value of a sociocultural understanding of spoken language in the processes of teaching and learning. It focuses upon how language can be used for persuasion, control and argument, and how dialogue can act as an aid to development. Along with some background reading and activities this course offers opportunities for the evaluation of some selected classroom talk.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of postgraduate study in
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Educational Practice courses or view the range of currently available OU Educational Practice courses.
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Originally published: Wednesday, 17th February 2016
Last updated on: Wednesday, 17th February 2016
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