Classroom interaction

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Classroom interaction has been widely recognized as one of the most crucial factors in a foreign language classroom that allows foreign language learning to take place. As pointed out by Tsui (1995:11),"..the language used affects the nature of interaction, which in turn affects the opportunities for learning that are made available." This statement is exceptionally true because English areseldom used by students in their daily lives. English lessons seem to be their solely exposure to this target language. Therefore, effective classroom interaction plays a particularly important role inEnglish lessons.
In this essay, I am going to determine what teachers expect from students and what students expect from teachers as the key to creating positive classrooms that work interactively.Then, I will suggest some clues as future teachers in order to create a classroom interaction environment in teaching English as a foreign language and provide reasons for using activities which promoteclassroom interaction.
Teacher-Student interaction is a two way street; the students communicate to the teachers, and the teachers communicate to the students. If teachers develop and build uponself-esteem and mutual respect within their classrooms, the teachers will achieve positive relationships with the students. Many years ago, power relationships and authority figures in our society wereclearly defined. Dad ruled the household; moms and kids complied. Bosses ruled the work-place, and the workers who were brave enough to challenge them would lose their jobs. Within this ranking orderstudents were at the bottom. Students’ ideas and choices were unimportant, they were not heard. Today, all of this has changed, and every person in this society demands equality. Today we are able tospeak up and have our needs and wants recognized. In many cases the college student is encouraged and expected to be candid in responding to the teacher.

On one hand, most of teachers expect that...
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