10am - 5pm
Monday 10 December 2018
Classroom Interaction at the Internationalised University
This symposium aimed 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.
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- Dr Jan Hardman, University of York
- Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey, University of Warwick
- Professor Steve Walsh, University of Newcastle
On 10 December 2018, the Surrey Institute of Education in collaboration with the School of Literature and Languages hosted a 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.