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In classrooms, communication serves a combination of 3 purposes at the one time:
• Content
• Procedures
• Behavior Control
There are 3 different types of communication:
• Verbal
• Non-verbal
• Unintentional
A register is a pattern of vocabulary, grammar, and expressions or comments that people associate with a social role. In the classroom, teachers and students have extremely different roles, so their registers are very different.
Teachers use communication in ways that signal their authority, some examples include:
• Nominating, terminating, and interrupting speakers
• Marking importance or irrelevance
• Asking “test” questions and evaluating students’ responses
• Using enunciation and grammar that formalizes the environment
Students also use communication in the classroom to guide content and procedures, but are limited in how much they can do this.
Some examples are:
• Agenda enforcement
• Digression attempts
• Answering a question with a question