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Discourse management refers to the ability to produce extended written and spoken texts, for example conversations.
Discourse management is often a criteria in formal evaluation of spoken and written language.
In the classroom
We use a range of devices to produce effective discourse, including cohesion and coherence, paralinguistic tools, different communicative functions, and conversational principles. Some of these can be taught explicitly, for example features of cohesion and functions. Others develop through practice in managing discourse in activities such as guided and free conversation, roleplay, drama, and presentations.