Seize the Moment: Turning Local Contingencies into LearningOpportunities

Balıkçı, Gözde
Seferoğlu, Gölge
Facilitating learning opportunities for learners is a complex task for teachers involving careful decision making skills in the natural flow of the classroom interaction. For pre-service language teachers in their first contact with learners in practice teaching, this task can be even more challenging. While studies on successful language teachers who open up learning opportunities for their learners in classroom interaction might be found in the literature, studies on missed learning opportunities are not available in the language classroom discourse literature. Employing conversation analytic methods, we attempt to document those instances to provide insights into beginning teachers’ teaching practice in classroom interaction. To this end, a group of pre-service EFL teachers’ teachings in practicum context were video-recorded and analysed using conversation analysis. It is found out that pre-service teachers have difficulties in maintaining dual focus in meaning and fluency context which prevents emerging learning opportunities. Relevant episodes in which learning opportunities are missed and facilitated will be demonstrated in that specific context. Based on the classroom interaction data, suggestions for preservice teacher education, with a special focus on video based observation, will be provided.
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G. Balıkçı and G. Seferoğlu, “Seize the Moment: Turning Local Contingencies into LearningOpportunities,” presented at the ILTERG CONFERENCE (8 - 10 Nisan 2019), Antalya, TURKEY, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: