Native speaker TESOL teacher’s talk : examining the unexamined

Doherty, Catherine Ann & Singh, Parlo (2008) Native speaker TESOL teacher’s talk : examining the unexamined. English Teaching and Learning, 32(2), pp. 39-75.


In this paper we provide a critical analysis of “native–speaker”TESOL teachers’ classroom talk and interview data collected from English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs in an Australianuniversity to move beyond commonsense ideas of how their talkmight resource the language classroom. Using the sociolinguisticconcept of “frame”, we analyse episodes of talk from the classroompractices of two teachers. We examine the complexity of layered meanings produced as the teachers teach and simultaneously provide linguistic instruction on the language that is vicariouslyproduced in their talk or the activity. We propose that unexamined,native speaker teacher talk, although well-intentioned, can also carry risks that might make it problematic for the language learner.The two extracts reveal two potential problems—the nativespeaker’s agility in con/textual shifts, and the native-speaker’s capacity to cumulatively rephrase classroom questions and addunnecessary syntactic complexity that was not in the initial question.

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ID Code: 20363
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: native-speaker, pedagogy, classroom discourse, language learning, frame
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > LOTE ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) (130207)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 National Taiwan Normal University
Deposited On: 06 May 2009 23:39
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:38

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