Enhancing Interactional Competence by the Supportive Assistance of Peers and Interlocutors in an Interactive English Language Classroom
Keywords:Peers, Interlocutors, Interactional, Competence, Shyness, Motivation
The paper provides a conceptual analysis of how peers and interlocutors can assume an important role providing supportive assistance to the teacher and contribute greatly to making the class better collaborative with the vibrant involvement of students into various activities. It argues that since the teacher or facilitator in an interactive classroom confronts many stumbling blocks as most learners grapple with a variety of lingual problems and the technical knowhow of the assigned tasks, use of the better quality students as peers and interlocutors in various classroom activities may be an effective means of reducing the teacher’s instructional and managerial loads to a great extent. So, the principal focus will be on showing the contributory roles of peers and interlocutors as an integral element of ensuring more works in less time and thus, enhancing overall interactional competence among the participants.