EKIA3001 Pedagogical Practices in Classroom Interaction (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course introduces a range of key interactional practices that teachers and students employ to accomplish pedagogical goals in second (L2) and foreign language (FL) classrooms. The interactional practices include such phenomena as teacher questions, student responses, student questions, and teacher evaluations, among others. While research-based articles shed light on the practices and provide methodological grounding, authentic classroom data is used to analyze the practices and to reflect on what kind of a role they play in the accomplishment of pedagogical goals. The course thus introduces a set of core theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of classroom interaction (e.g. DA, CA and ethnography) through the readings. The course will offer both practical pedagogical insights and research methodological perspective to students.

Completion methods

Contact teaching, group and project work, presentations of project work

No alternative mode of completion for the course is offered: this is very much a hands-on course, where face-to-face discussions and data workshops comprise the core activies of the course.

Open University: contact teaching, web-based tasks, learning assignments, an exam or a combination of these (methods of study will be specified in the annual teaching programme before the start of each academic year).

Assessment details

Active participation in class, presentation of project work and its written report.

Open University: Active participation (80% attendance usually required). Learning assignments or an exam.

More detailed information on the assessment criteria for each grade will be given in writing in the first meeting of the course.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students will be

- familiar with a variety of teachers' and students' interactional practices employed in second and foreign language teaching and learning
- familiar with core theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of classroom interaction, including discourse analysis, conversation analysis and ethnographic microanalysis
- comfortable making observations and transcripts of interactional data as well as analyzing classroom interaction
- able to carry out a small-scale research project on an interactional phenomenon in an L2/FL classroom setting

Additional information

Attencance policy: 80%

Description of prerequisites

It is highly recommended that studens have taken the course KOPA1000 Johdatus kielen oppimisen ja opettamisen tutkimukseen, but it is not obligatory.

Study materials

Required and recommended readings will be provided during the course.

Completion methods

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