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MetaCard

A commercial human interface and hypertext system for Unix and the X Window System, similar to Hypercard.
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Leinhardt and Steele (2005) identify three tools that support instructional dialogues: routines, intellectual climate, and metatalk.
Metatalk makes the connection between activities and content explicit in the classroom and aids students in organizing and summarizing discussions.
A second type of metatalk that is particularly relevant in teacher education is labeling.
Karen, using metatalk (Leinhardt & Steele, 2005), introduced the term learned helplessness, providing a label for the observed behavior and then prompted the group to consider actions they might take as teachers.
In social-cultural contexts, second-language learners use metatalk (using second language to reflect on second-language use), and they whisper to themselves to solve the problem of communicating meaning to others.
This exploratory, reflective approach allows for developing the metatalk of cultural analysis that Kramsch (1993) advocates.
Research shows that tasks ofthis kind not only foster metatalk, which enables learners to notice gaps in their interlanguages and test hypotheses, but also that conscious reflection on language use may be a source of learning (Swain 1998).
MetaTalk offers the power and productivity of open source scripting languages like Perl and Python without the syntactic gymnastics, and with a fully integrated graphical toolkit instead of having to use one grafted on from another language.
MetaTalk offers the power and productivity of Perl without the syntactic gymnastics.