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ALC8027 : Spoken Interaction in Language Learning and Testing Contexts

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Paul Seedhouse
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


1. To introduce learners to different methodological approaches to the observation, description and analysis of interaction in the IELTS Speaking Test and second language classrooms.
2. To introduce learners to key issues of instructed second language learning and testing in relation to spoken interaction.

Outline Of Syllabus

Learners will also be introduced to key issues of testing re the IELTS Speaking Test, as well as instructed second language learning, in relation to spoken interaction. We will analyse videos and transcripts of language teaching from around the world as well as interaction from IELTS Speaking Tests.

1. Key Issues in IELTS Speaking Test Interaction
2. Practical Analysis of IELTS Speaking Test Interaction
3. Researching IELTS Speaking Test Interaction
4. Approaches to Language Learning Interaction
5. Introduction to Conversation Analysis Methodology and Transcription
6. Key Organisations in Conversation Analysis Methodology
7. Turn-Taking, Sequence and Repair in L2 Learning Interaction
8. Key Issues and Practical Analysis for L2 Learning Interaction
9. Form and Meaning in L2 Learning
10. Assignment preparation
11. Drop-in session

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity127:0027:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide an introduction to the weekly content, establish a basic level of understanding of the topic, provide opportunities for discussion and personal reflections, and signal areas for individual further study and essential and further reading. Group activities are often linked to pre-class weekly reading

Structured Guided Learning activities provide students with weekly opportunities to consolidate learning through guided tasks linked to the weekly topic.

Independent study will enable wider reading, further personal self-reflection and assignment preparation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A100Essay (3,500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

All skills and knowledge will be assessed through and end of module essay, in which students will produce a critical evaluation of some aspect of spoken interaction research and theory and how this relates to practice.

Reading Lists