Talk-in-interaction is more than just the exchange of propositional statements by participants. Speakers suffuse their talk with words and chunks that perform a variety of interactional tasks such as managing turn taking and floor holding, showing the speaker’s attitude to what they are saying and the like. These discourse markers (DM) are among the most frequently occurring items in spoken language and are also key components of spoken fluency, but they are often absent in learner language and are often dealt with in a cursory manner, if at all, in many language courses. This presentation will look at DM in English and examine the meanings and functions of common markers with reference to the literature. The presenter will then go on to describe some ways in which DM can be taught to learners.
Discourse marking in the L2 classroom
In this workshop participants will have the chance to engage in activities to raise awareness of discourse marking in English and investigate the meanings, functions, pronunciation and usage of common English discourse markers. The presenter will supply materials that can be used in the classroom and participants can practice the activities from a students’ perspective and discuss how to utilize or adapt materials for their own particular teaching context. The session will conclude with a discussion on any issues raised during the workshop.