Vol. 1,No. 4, November 2011

Author(s): Kamal Shayegh

Abstract: Present research exploring interpersonal function of gender talk in ELT classrooms does its best to determine different clausal structures (Declaratives, Integratives, Imperatives and Exclamatives) used by interlocutors with different genders using Azeri as their mother tongue, Farsi (Persian) and English as their second and foreign languages respectively to have a kind of clarification on correlation between Integratives and Exclamatives. About twelve hours of oral conversation between students and teachers from eight randomly selected classrooms are recorded and transcribed, resulting to 3288 clauses. Our findings show a kind of correlation between Integratives and Exclamatives; that is students in both genders use no Exclamatives resulting into producing Integratives with low frequency. Teaching new and interesting instructional materials may trigger students’ curiosity making them use much more Integratives leading to a bilateral interaction while their curiosity is manifested throughout using Exclamatives in classroom discourse.

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