The Discourse of Teaching Practice Feedback
A Corpus-Based Investigation of Spoken and Written Modes
By Fiona Farr
Routledge – 2010 – 242 pages
In this book, Farr examines the spoken and written language of post-observation teaching-practice feedback on teacher education programs. To do so, she draws upon theories from discourse analysis, conversation analysis, and pragmatics to frame the analysis of feedback meetings and written tutor reports, which are then examined using comparative quantitative and qualitative corpus-based techniques. The overall aim is to determine the defining characteristics of this genre, focusing especially on pragmatic factors, with the ultimate goal of investigating the salient aspects responsible for making feedback both effective and affective. Farr's research draws upon a spoken corpus of feedback interactions and a written corpus of tutor reports from language teacher education and is also strongly informed by data in the form of diary reflections and questionnaire responses from student teachers and questionnaire responses from the relevant tutors.
Abbreviations and Acronyms Foreword Acknowledgments 1: Language Teacher Education and Supervising Teaching Practice 2: Discourse Analysis and Teaching Practice Feedback 3: Corpus Linguistics and TP Feedback: Towards a Methodological Resolution for This Study 4: The Generic Nature of Teaching Practice Feedback: Reflection and Direction 5: The Generic Nature of Teaching Practice Feedback: Evaluative and Relational Talk 6: Hedging the Issues and Boosting Confidence 7: Evaluating Feedback: What Makes a Positive Experience? 8: Back to the Bigger Picture 9: Final Discussion Appendix 1: Pre-Feedback Questionnaire Appendix 2: Student Teacher Questionnaire Appendix 3: Tutor Questionnaire Appendix 4: Transcription Conventions Appendix 5: Teacher Online Questionnaire Appendix 6: TP Report Template Appendix 7: Tutor Online Questionnaire Appendix 8: Grade Percentage Equivalents Bibliography Index
Dr. Fiona Farr is lecturer in English Language Teaching at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where she is also Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.