‘Okay as an Embodied Backchannel in Classroom Interaction’ by Jiayi Shi

Abstract

This article investigates the use of okay as an embodied backchannel in classroom interaction, based on a 35-minute EFL class. Drawing on a sociocultural point of view in which learning is closely connected with interaction and participation (Lantolf, 2000), this essay further analyzes how the embodied backchannel construct or obstruct learning. Applying a conversation analysis/corpus linguistic(CA/CL) approach in the description and understanding of okay, it addresses how teachers and students utilize different modalities to position themselves towards the on-going subject matter. Finally, the essay analyzes the implications of this research.

Keywords: Backchannel; Embodied Backchannel; Conversation Analysis; Corpus Linguistic.

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