Get Real: Using Real Dialogue in the English Language Classroom


Being able to use authentic communicative events such as telephone conversations, office gossip and shopkeeper-customer dialogues as example conversations will greatly improve an English learner's communicative ability and prepare them for real life situations. By being able to navigate their way around a lot of the unnecessary utterances such as 'eyeh', 'eok' and 'eah', English learners will be able to participate and understand these communicative events. By analysing real communicative events language teachers are able to be fully aware of all the intricacies that encompass a language. In order to unlock this real English and to convey it onwards to language learners in the classroom, short conversation should be recorded and analysed, with the results passed on in the classroom. By doing this, a communicative event will demonstrate that language is not neat and tidy, and in fact, includes a lot of unnecessary words to get from A to B. By exposing language learners to this unnecessary language and not just the A to B, the language teacher is providing the learner with real language to model.

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Rebecca Brinkley, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan

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Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Languages education and applied linguistics (ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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