Advanced seminar: Optimizing Teacher Talk and Classroom Interaction: Developing Classroom Discourse Competence (CDC) - Details
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General information

Course name Advanced seminar: Optimizing Teacher Talk and Classroom Interaction: Developing Classroom Discourse Competence (CDC)
Semester WS 2022/23
Current number of participants 15
maximum number of participants 20
Home institute Didaktik des Englischen
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Tue., 18.10.2022 15:45 - 17:15, Room: (D 2122)
Pre-requisites - Course participants must have successfully completed the basic module and advanced module in TEFL.
- Course participants must be willing to actively participate in hands-on seminar activities (such as classroom simulation and micro-teaching) and agree to be video-recorded.
- Active participation and regular attendance.
Learning organisation Mandatory course reading:
Thomson, K. (2022, ed.). Classroom Discourse Competence. Current Issues in Language Teaching and Teacher Education. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto. (ISBN: 978-3-8233-8374-1)
Reading list and texts:
A reading list will be handed out in the first session. Most texts and material will be made available for individual sessions.
Performance record written module exam (which includes forms such as term paper, exam, portfolio – depending on your course of study, details t.b.a.).
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Weitere Unterrichtssprache(n) Deutsch
Miscellanea This seminar is aimed at advanced TEFL students who intend to teach at secondary level.

Course location / Course dates

(D 2122) Tuesday: 15:45 - 17:15, weekly (14x)


Course Background:
The past twenty or so years have seen a strong focus on learner- and outcome-orientation in foreign language education. At the same time, the development of EFL teachers’ professional competences in pre-service education has been largely neglected. Only rather recently, there has been a discernible shift towards (theoretical and empirical) research into EFL teacher professionalization and the professional competences that EFL teachers need in order to teach English effectively and successfully.
One of the key competences is teachers’ professional classroom discourse competence (CDC) – a competence construct that goes far beyond the mere notions of general ‘foreign language competence’ or ‘language proficiency’. This seminar acknowledges the fact that teacher talk matters as it has a significant influence on the extent to which language learning in the EFL classroom is really initiated and promoted – or perhaps even hindered and impeded.
In this seminar we will explore the complexity of CDC and look into various authentic classroom contexts in order to understand the professional/pedagogical dimensions of EFL teacher talk and classroom interaction. Course topics will include, for instance, teachers’ questioning techniques, error correction and feedback techniques, typical teacher tasks such as moderating classroom interaction in the literature classroom, giving task instructions and explanations and managing classrooms in cooperative phases of a lesson etc.
The goals of this seminar are (1) to sensitize students to the professional dimensions of teacher talk and classroom interaction, (2) to acquire in-depth CDC knowledge and awareness, develop analytical skills and reflective competence with regard to teacher talk and classroom interaction and (3) to gain insights into methodological aspects of researching teacher talk and classroom interaction (e.g. analysis of video-recorded classroom interaction and lesson transcripts, criterion-based observation of classroom interaction etc.). And last but not least, (4) you will be given the opportunity to gain practical teaching experience within the safe environment of our seminar classroom by means of short simulated micro-teaching sequences.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "DID ENG HS".
Studierende der Anglistik/Amerikanistik und des Faches Englisch können sich bereits während der vorgezogenen Anmeldephase zur Sicherstellung des Studienfortschritts für die Aufbau- und Vertiefungsmodule anmelden. Hierzu wird ein gewisses Kontingent der Kursplätze im Zeitraum vom 22.08.2022 bis 31.08.2022 für die Anmeldung geöffnet. Die Verteilung der Plätze erfolgt am 02.09.2022.
Bitte beachten Sie, dass in dieser Anmeldephase Studierende in höheren Fachsemestern bei der Verteilung der Plätze priorisiert werden. Die allgemeine Anmeldephase beginnt am 05.09.2022 und endet am 10.10.2022.
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 05.09.2022, 08:00 to 10.10.2022, 12:00.
  • Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 12.10.2022 on 12:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
Course assignment: