Free Online Course: University of Pennsylvania course on Understanding Classroom Interaction

The University of Pennsylvania is offering free online course on Understanding Classroom Interaction. This course is open for 3rd or 4th Year undergraduate students or graduate students who are student teaching, tutoring, or practicing teachers.

In this five-week course, students will learn about, critique, and practice methods for analyzing interaction in classrooms, developing tools to build more engaged, effective, and equitable classroom communication. This course will start on September 19, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Education & Teacher Training
Institution: University of Pennsylvania and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on September 19, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League institution with 12 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools in Philadelphia, serving a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from around the world.

About This Course

Have you ever wondered why some classroom discussions are lively and engaging and others more like painful interrogations? Why some students always have an answer ready, but others never participate? Why everybody (or nobody) laughs at a teacher’s jokes? What role multiple languages should play in classroom talk?

Why Take This Course?

Each lesson introduces fundamental concepts and techniques of classroom discourse analysis, developing an analytic toolkit and promoting critical reflection on pedagogical practices over five weeks.

Learning Outcomes

You’ll explore student engagement strategies including how to identify and analyze:

  • Turn-taking patterns and their function
  • Question types and their effects on classroom talk
  • The role of intonation, gesture and other subtle cues on interaction
  • Types and functions of classroom storytelling
  • Types of class participation and their effects


Betsy R. Rymes

Betsy is Professor of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She received her Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL) from UCLA in 1994 and her PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCLA in 1997.


3rd or 4th Year Undergraduate Students or Graduate Students who are student teaching, tutoring, or practicing teachers.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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