A challenge: understand what is dialogical method

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What is Liisa trying to teach me ? I asked me in my first class about Dialogic Metod. First, I thought it was verbal interaction according to linguistic studies. It was not what I had thought ( rsrsrs)…My biggest confusion was the concept of the word “Dialogue” that time. The word “dialogue” should have another name in this context, I think – rsrsrsr.

Now, after some reading, I have understood that  this metod goes far beyond what is proposed in the  verbal interaction (in linguistics), but they are elements which complement and support one another.  Verbal interaction has many purposes, but its main function is relaying a message to one or more recipients. It encompasses everything from simple one-syllable sounds to complex discussions and relies on both language and emotion to produce the desired effect. It can be used to inform, inquire, argue and discuss topics of all kinds. It is vital to teaching and learning, as well as forming bonds and building relationships with other people.

Dialogical method it is cooperative activity of reflection, transformation and sharing of idea. Turn into new ideas through collective reflections in the conversation. On the other hand, a methodology that enables people “thinking and learning together”.  it is not an instrument that allows people to defend and maintain their positions, as takes place in the discussion and argumentation. The dynamics of the dialogue is focused on connections, collective reflection, mutual education and sharing pont of view. We can not forget that educational practice can be derived from our observations and reflection of real life.

In class, we have discussed that dialogue is “learning to listen” too. The person needs to be heard without being interrupted, either to agree or to disagree with what he says. Besides that, the silence – individual or collective – also is part of the dialogue. It is important to understand what the speech, silence or body language means in human communication.

According Gorden (1980), there are four basic modes of non-verbal communication:
Proxemics (Proxemic communication is communicating with others by virtue of the relative positioning of your bodies- You can use physical space to communicate many different nonverbal messages, including signals of intimacy and affection, aggression or dominance.), Chronemics (the use of stimulation of speech and the silence duration in conversation), Paralinguistic (all variations of volume, tone and voice quality that accompany the speech – When we speak, other people “read” our voices in addition to listening to our words- Think about how someone’s tone of voice, for example, can indicate sarcasm, anger, affection, or confidence.) and  Kinesics ( This type of nonverbal communication includes your posture, bearing, stance, and subtle movements – Facial expressions – Eye contact ).

The ability to understand and use nonverbal communication, or body language, is a powerful tool that can help you connect with others, express what you really mean, and build better relationships.


GORDEN, R. L. Interviewing strategy, techniques, and tactics.Homewood, IL: Dorsey. 1980.

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