Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023 10:00 AM - Sunday, October 29, 2023 1:00 PM
Location: Tokyo・Osaka (Online Live)

Activity Orientation in Interaction


Professor:  Dr. Alfred Rue Burch (Nanzan University, Japan)

Credit hours:  1 credit hour

Schedule:  3-hour online Zoom sessions for four days

  • Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 to 13:00
  • Sunday, October 22 from 10:00 to 13:00
  • Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 to 13:00
  • Sunday, October 29 from 10:00 to 13:00

Students taking this seminar for credit must attend all four days.

This seminar will be conducted by 3-hour online Zoom sessions for four days: Saturday, October 21, Sunday, October 22, Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 from 10:00 to 13:00 (JST).  Students taking this seminar for credit must attend all four days. Students can add/drop this seminar course by 14:00 on Saturday, October 21.

The pre sign-up (or course registration for those who are taking this seminar for credit) is required for anybody attending the public session on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 to 13:00. The sign-up process must be completed through "Distinguished Lecturer Series Seminar Sign-Up Form" that is available on TUJ Grad Ed website. The sign-up deadline is Friday, October 20 at 12:00. The public session Zoom link will be provided to those people who completed the online sign-up (or course registration) process by 18:00 on Friday, October 20.

This seminar will ask participants to set aside what they know (both from research and our received notions) about concepts such as motivation (Dörnyei, Henry, & Muir, 2016; Dörnyei, MacIntyre, & Henry, 2015), engagement (Hiver, Al-Hoorie, & Mercer, 2021; Philp & Duchesne, 2016) and task planning and performance (Ellis, 2005; Long, 2015), and consider the ways in which these may be less “inside the skull” (Kasper, 2009) and more (or at least as consequentially) a matter of socio-interactional factors and distributed cognition (cf. Goodwin, 2018; Hutchins, 1995). The seminar will focus on Multimodal Conversation Analysis (Goodwin, 2018; Mondada, 2016) as the primary framework and methodology through which to consider what learners and users of additional languages attend to in interactions and activities, how they do so, and what the practical consequences are for the interactants themselves and for the understanding, teaching, and assessment of additional languages.

The seminar will examine a range of multilingual contexts, including language course task interaction, language partner interaction, paired speaking assessments, and other pedagogical and non-pedagogical interactions, with an aim to center on what the learners/users treat as consequentially relevant in the context of the ongoing activity, and how this may (and often does) differ from the goals and interests of researchers and educators alike. Each day will include at least one data session in which participants will work with interactional data. For the credits students, the culminating assignment will give participants a choice between 1) a research proposal with relevant literature, or 2) developing a classroom or assessment task with rationales based upon the content of the course.

Open to the Public

This seminar is open to the public, with first three hours for free.

How to attend the seminarSeminar Sign Up Form