Classroom Interaction Symposium

The aim of this symposium is to draw together researchers and practitioners from the disciplines of academic development, higher education and applied linguistics to share expertise and create research networks in the area of classroom interaction.

Symposium news – Classroom Interaction at the Internationalsed University

On 10th December 2018, DHE in collaboration with the School of Literature and Languages hosted one day symposium entitled Classroom Interaction at the Internationalised University. There were 87 delegates from all over the country, including a few participants from Simon Fraser University in Canada. The plenary speakers were Professor Steve Walsh from Newcastle University, Dr Jan Hardman from University of York and Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey from University of Warwick. It was a packed day with presentations, discussions, small-group discussions and participant presentations.

The aim of the symposium was to draw together researchers and practitioners from the disciplines of academic development, higher education and applied linguistics to share expertise and create research networks in the area of classroom interaction. Topics covered by the presentations included dialogic pedagogy in seminar teaching, global competencies and classroom interaction, and the importance of social factors in classroom interaction data analysis. 

The day was filled with lively discussion and preparatory talks for further networking events and research collaborations. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with comments such as ‘Fantastic organisation and range of workshops’, ‘Very stimulating’, ‘A wonderful day’ and ‘Would have loved another day’. We are currently in the process of preparing a book proposal based on the conference presentations and we have set up a Mendeley group to share papers and discuss ideas.

If you would like more information on this symposium, or the topics, please contact either Marion Heron m.heron@surrey.ac.uk or Doris Dippold d.dippold@surrey.ac.uk

University of Surrey campus

"A nice variety of sessions and excellent plenaries"

University of Surrey globe sculpture in the snow

"Fantastic organisation and range of workshops/keynotes"

Rik Medlik building

"This was an excellent symposium- so many relevant sessions and interesting people"