INTERACTION IN ELT REVISITED: THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVES
Mohammad Reza Mozayan, Ali Fattahi Bafghi, Anahita Khosravi
Abstract: This study is an attempt to briefly review the theoretical but more extensively the practical aspects of interaction as well as a concept pertinent to it, i.e., motivation so as to illuminate what teachers need to do and how to conduct their classes in an L2 milieu. Having this in mind, the authors introductorily explain the structural, functional as well as the interactional views of L2 learning and teaching and then set out to unravel the historical development of interaction as well as the practical activities which teachers need to deploy to promote learners interaction and thus learning. Finally the paper wraps up the issue by discussing the fact that some new educational perspectives have generally capitalized on process rather than product-oriented approaches to evaluation of classroom interactions through observation, recording, and classification.