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Conversation Analysis and Second Language Pedagogy

A Guide for ESL/ EFL Teachers, 1st Edition

By Jean Wong, Hansun Zhang Waring


16 pages

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Conversation and speaking skills are the key building blocks for much of language learning. This text increases teachers’ awareness about spoken language and suggests ways of applying that knowledge to teaching second-language interaction skills based on insights from Conversation Analysis (CA).

Conversation Analysis and Second Language Pedagogy:

  • reviews key CA concepts and findings
  • directly connects findings from CA with second language pedagogy
  • presents a model of interactional practices grounded in CA concepts
  • includes numerous transcripts of actual talk
  • invites readers to complete a variety of tasks to solidify and extend their understandings
  • features a useful collection of practical teaching activities.

The time is ripe for a book that blends conversation analysis and applied linguistics. This text takes that important step, extending the reaches of these once separate academic fields. Assuming neither background knowledge of conversation analysis nor its connection to second language teaching, it is designed for courses in TESOL and applied linguistics and as a resource for experienced teachers, material developers, and language assessment specialists seeking to update their knowledge and hone their craft.

Table of Contents



Transcription Key

1. Interactional Practices and the Teaching of Speaking

2. Turn-Taking Practices and Language Teaching

3. Sequencing Practices and Language Teaching: Basic Sequences

4. Sequencing Practices and Language Teaching: Topic Management and Story-Telling

5. Overall Structuring Practices and Language Teaching: Conversation Openings

6. Overall Structuring Practices and Language Teaching: Conversation Closings

7. Repair Practices and Language Teaching

8. Conversation Analysis and Instructional Practices



About the Authors

Jean Wong is Associate Professor, The College of New Jersey, Department of Special Education, Language, and Literacy.

Hansun Zhang Waring is Lecturer in Linguistics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language