Linguistnet - ‘Investigating ESL trainee teacher talk: research methodology, tools and analysis’

12 February 2015, 2.00 PM - 12 February 2015, 4.00 PM

Barbara Skinner (Ulster University)

Tiered Lecture Theatre, 35 Berkeley Square


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In this session I use my doctoral research, which focuses on the ‘teacher talk’ of ESL teacher trainees, to illustrate how methodological approach, research instruments and data analysis are chosen and implemented. I explore the following aspects of my methodology: development of the research questions, the collection of data through recording of lesson transcripts and stimulated recall interview, the analysis of data using Conversation Analysis, the ways in which data were coded and generating findings from the data. Participants will be given the opportunity to examine and code data and it is hoped that you will leave the session with some food for thought for your own research study.

Title of Ed. D. thesis:

‘Talking to teach: a multi case study exploration of native and non-native ESL teacher trainees’ implementation and understanding of teacher talk’.


Under review with Studies in Higher Education - Skinner, B. Teacher talk: a threshold concept in second language teacher education.

Skinner, B (2012) Changing identities: an exploration of ESL trainee teacher discourse in microteaching. Classroom Discourse, 3 (1). pp. 46-64.

Skinner, Barbara (2010) English as an Additional Language and initial teacher training: views and experiences from Northern Ireland. Journal of Education for Teaching, 36 (1). pp. 75-90.

Skinner, Barbara and Madden, Mary Catherine (2010) Help seeking in English language learning. English Language Teaching Journal, 64 (1). pp. 21-31.

Skinner, Barbara (2010) Online discussion: can it help ease international students into British academic life?. Journal of Studies in International Education, 14 (4). pp. 335-354.

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