Developing communicative competence through participation in an international teaching assistant program

dc.contributor.advisorSayer, Peter
dc.contributor.authorDe Rezende, Sandra
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHult, Francis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLangman, Juliet
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDeTurk, Sara
dc.date.accessioned2024-01-29T15:43:55Z
dc.date.available2024-01-29T15:43:55Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.descriptionThe author has granted permission for their work to be available to the general public.
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation presents an ethnographic case study of a semester-long international teaching assistant (ITA) course. Data and analysis are based on participant observations and video-recorded presentations of ITAs, focusing on their developing their communicative competence. The author uses the framework of ethnography of communication (Hymes, 1972) and the notion of communicative competence (Hymes, 1972; Savignon, 2002) to examine what skills students were expected to develop in the program, how they developed grammatical and sociocultural competence and how they negotiated competence, identities, and power relations in the ITA Program as they perform their oral presentations. Findings suggest that while the division of communicative competence into four components is a useful heuristic for second language educators (Canale & Swain, 1980), it proves problematic when one uses it as an analytical tool, since the intertwined nature of language competence is constantly complicating any attempt to interpret communication in discrete categories. The findings also show that communicative competence for ITAs is wrapped up with what counts as good teaching, or at least organizing a good presentation or lecture, and this may vary by department or discipline.
dc.description.departmentBicultural-Bilingual Studies
dc.format.extent234 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.isbn9781267842664
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/2767
dc.languageen
dc.subjectAssistant
dc.subjectCommunicative
dc.subjectCompetence
dc.subjectInternational
dc.subjectLanguage
dc.subjectTeaching
dc.subject.classificationEnglish as a second language
dc.subject.classificationSociolinguistics
dc.titleDeveloping communicative competence through participation in an international teaching assistant program
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.dcmiText
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thesis.degree.departmentBicultural-Bilingual Studies
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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