Is More Interactivity Possible in the Classroom?

  • Lei Ding Wuxi Teacher’s College
Keywords: conversation analysis, adjacency pairs, turn taking, referential question, repair, interactive


In this paper, the author analyzes two episodes of an English class based on three main principles of conversation analysis (CA): adjacency pairs, turn taking, and repair, then comes to an important issue in conversational classroom, that is, to ask more referential questions than display ones so as to promote more syntactically complex and connected student answers. It is equally essential to engage interactive activities in the classroom to enhance students’ communicative competence.