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50th Anniversary Linguistics Colloquium | Response through Talk and Action in Teacher-Student Group Conferences, Jan. 28

The Linguistics Colloquium series presents Ohio University alumnus Rickey Larkin Jr. discussing “Response through Talk and Action in Teacher-Student Group Conferences” on Friday, Jan. 28,  from 12:55 to 1:50 p.m. via Microsoft TEAMS.

Contact Dr. David Bell, associate professor and chair of Linguistics at Ohio University.


Larkin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and earned an M.A. Applied Linguistics from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2020.


Abstract: Despite its potential to create a unique learning opportunity where student-writers can receive collaborative feedback from their peers and instructors (e.g., Ching, 2014), few empirical studies have investigated the process of teacher-student group conferences (TSGCs). While several studies have observed these conferences to be mostly unidirectional and instructor-dominant (e.g., Yeh, 2019), this talk discusses how these relationships morph as the participants continue to shape the conferences through their talk and actions over the course of a semester.


To examine these changes, critical discourse analyses were performed on recordings of TSGCs in intermediate and advanced academic writing courses and a first-year ESL composition course. Seventeen conferences, totaling 11 hours 25 minutes of recorded interactions, were used for these analyses.


Findings show that students became more interactive with each other, building collaborative working relationships that involved the teacher less and less over time. Linguistically, the use of third-person pronouns to address peers was replaced with second-person pronouns over the course of the semester, indicating a shift toward a more collaborative approach. The analysis demonstrates how repeated participation in TSGCs can encourage and expand student interaction, highlighting the importance of the instructors’ role in supporting such autonomy.


About Linguistics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration


“We are really looking forward to everyone joining us again this spring, either live in person or via Microsoft TEAMS Fridays 12:55 to 1:50 p.m. to celebrate our anniversary,” said Dr. David Bell, chair of the Linguistics Department, who also invited alumni and friends to add their names to the donor wall by making a gift, of whatever amount, to the Linguistics Department’s general support fund.


He noted that all funds go to support our students’ registration and travel expenses to conferences where they will present their research.


“And please stay in touch! Send us a message on our Linguistics FB page at,” he added.

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