HomeInterdisciplinary Research Journalvol. 1 no. 1 (2016)

Turn-Taking Practices in Literature Classes

Alyssa Faith S. Chua | Teresita S. Castro | Melanie T. Tumamao | Jomel B. Manuel



The study aimed to identify the turn-taking practices in literature classes. Specifically, it identified the frequency of use of turn-taking practices and the compliance of the use of turn-taking rules - no gap and no overlap.  Descriptive method was used to analyze the recorded classroom interactions. The audio-video recording was used as an instrument in gathering the data. Frequency count was employed in the data analysis. Results show that back-channeling is the most commonly used turn-taking strategy, while the least is completions. Further, the study shows that there is higher compliance on the no gap rule than the no overlap rule. It is concluded that the turn-taking strategies have been used in literature classes to maintain smooth interaction. Higher compliance, on the other hand, on the ‘no gap’ rule than ‘no overlap’ rule has been observed because of the nature of the subject in which students are expected to communicate freely.