Classroom Discourse: Defining the Genre

  • Emma Riordan


Communication in a classroom setting can be observed to follow a particular pattern which defines the roles of interlocutors and the purposes of exchanges. In this chapter, I consider the endurance of the teacher-fronted classroom model of language teaching and examine the role of the teacher in defining the parameters of the language used. I discuss the challenges of introducing alternative ways of communicating in the classroom, particularly with regard to the non-native speaker language teacher. I draw upon examples from the literature as well as insights from my own research to discover the ways in which classroom language is accessed by teachers and learners, and how it can be characterised as a distinct genre.


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  • Emma Riordan
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  1. 1.German Department School of Languages, Literatures and CulturesUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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