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Introducing newcomers to the field of conversation analysis, this one-day course, delivered face-to-face in Oxford, helps researchers decide if conversation analysis is the most appropriate methodology for their research purposes, and provides practical experience in transcription and data handling.  

While it is aimed at the needs of health professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students, the skills developed here apply to many settings  - so everyone is welcome, regardless of their research or professional background.


The course will include:

  • lectures introducing the key concepts of conversation analysis,
  • practical sessions providing researchers with hands-on experience of transcription and using software packages for data handling,
  • feedback sessions focusing on practical skills,
  • discussion of the processes involved in initiating and conducting conversational analytic research.


By the end of the course participants will

  • have an understanding of the conversation analytic methodology,
  • understand the processes involved when undertaking research using conversation analysis,
  • have gained practical experience in transcription, anonymization, and data-handling,
  • be familiar with the software package ‘audacity’. 

Charlotte has a background in medical anthropology, focused on the use of ethnographic and socio-linguistic methodologies to explore patient experiences of health and illness. She is trained in applied conversation analysis and in the conversation analytic role play method. Her University of Oxford DPhil studentship focusses on weight loss in primary care by exploring audio recorded interactions between patients and GPs and linking these to patient weight-loss outcomes.