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This Think Tank looks at discourse, an important part of language teaching that is often overlooked. The Main video describes three key parts of discourse analysis while the More video shows how discourse works in real life.
In the Think Tank, Curtis Kelly looks at discourse structures in expository writing, including how they vary across cultures, and will connect them to a basic operation of the brain. In a more detailed explanation of Conversation Analysis, Christine Winskowski proposes showing students in speaking classes how to do their own conversation analysis. Anthony Elias ties together the themes by demonstrating how schemas are found throughout language, behavior, and thought. Then Laura Gibbs and Heather Kretchmer offer us with an enjoyable read about the neural processes of creative writing, and how to play with the discourse rules in tiny writing.
Finally, in the PLUS section, Skye Playsted tells us about her moving experience with a refugee learner. Have some tissues ready.