February 17, 2021 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

E-Classroom Interactional Competencies: Mediating and assisting language learning during synchronous online lessons

Dr. Benjamin Luke Moorhouse, Hong Kong Baptist University
Yanna Li, The University of Hong Kong
Professor Steve Walsh, Newcastle University

Online session via Zoom.


A link with password will be emailed to successful registrants the day before the event.


Interaction is seen by many English language teachers and scholars as an essential part of face-to-face English language classrooms (Tsui, 1985; Walsh, 2006). Teachers require specific competencies to effectively use interaction as a tool for mediating and assisting learning. These can be referred to as Classroom Interactional Competencies (CIC) (Walsh, 2006). However, the situation created by COVID-19 and the recent advancement in technologies have led to teachers conducting synchronous online lessons through video-conferencing software. The online environment is distinctly different from the face-to-face classroom and teachers require new and additional skills to effectively utilize interaction online in real time.

In this practical session, the speakers will introduce the additional competencies language teachers require to mediating and assisting language learning during synchronous online lessons, namely technological competencies, online environment management competencies, and online teacher interactional competencies, which together constitute e-CIC (Moorhouse, Li & Walsh, in press). The speakers will share some practical ideas that can help teachers develop e-CIC.

Interested participants will be invited to participate in a short research-cum-professional development project with the aim of better understanding the enactment of e-CIC in synchronous online lessons.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Benjamin Luke Moorhouse
Benjamin Luke Moorhouse is an assistant professor of English language education in the Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. His research focuses on initial teacher education, teaching young English language learners, and the role of technology in English language teaching and learning.

Yanna Li
Yanna Li received her master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Newcastle University. Before starting her Ph.D. study at The University of Hong Kong, she worked as an English teacher for four years in mainland China. She is now assisting the TDG research project: Evidence-based reflection and teacher development.

Professor Steve Walsh
Professor Steve Walsh is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Communication in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK, and visiting professor at HKU. He has worked in English language teacher education for more than 20 years and his research focuses on classroom discourse, teacher development, second language teacher education, and professional communication.

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