Critical Teacher Talk: Successful English for Academic Purposes Classroom Practices in a Global Campus


  • Namsook Kim University at Buffalo, United States



English as a Second Language, English as an International Language, English for Academic Purposes, Global Education, International Higher Education, Multilingualism, Teacher-student communication


Drawn on the sociocultural paradigm, I examined teacher-student communication with emphasis on teacher’s talk and its role on international students’ learning English as a Second Language in an English for Academic Purposes classroom in a global campus in the U.S. Developmental data analyses of class observations, teacher and student interviews, and documents led to finding multidimensional characteristics of Critical Teacher Talk (CTT). I also found evidence of the role of CTT on production-process-affective aspects of learning English as an International Language. The findings further shed insights on the need to train and practice Critical International Language Pedagogy with the triadic principles—transnational culture building, critical caring, and authentic learning—among international higher education educators and teachereducators.

Author Biography

Namsook Kim, University at Buffalo, United States

NAMSOOK KIM, Ph.D. is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo Graduate School of Education where she also serves as Assistant Director in the Center for Comparative and Global Studies in Education. Dr. Kim has more than 20 years of professional experience in training educators and education leaders in the transformative intersections of language and culture in the context of globalization, multilingualism, and multiculturalism, and assisting international business, in the U.S. and Korea. 




How to Cite

Kim, N. (2016). Critical Teacher Talk: Successful English for Academic Purposes Classroom Practices in a Global Campus. Journal of International Students, 6(4), 967–983.



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