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Conversation Analysis and Second Language Pedagogy

A Guide for ESL/EFL Teachers, 2nd Edition

By Jean Wong, Hansun Zhang Waring


296 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Now in its second edition, this volume offers a strong synthesis of classic and current work in conversation analysis (CA), usefully encapsulated in a model of interactional practices that comprise interactional competence. Through this synthesis, Wong and Waring demonstrate how CA findings can help to increase language teachers’ awareness of the spoken language and suggest ways of applying that knowledge to teaching second language interaction skills.

The Second Edition features:

       Substantial updates that include new findings on interactional practices

       Reconceptualized, reorganized, and revised content for greater accuracy, clarity, and readability

       Expanded key concepts glossary at the end of each chapter

       New tasks with more transcripts of actual talk

       New authors' stories


The book is geared towards current and prospective second or foreign language teachers, material developers, and other language professionals, and assumes neither background knowledge of conversation analysis nor its connection to second language teaching. It also serves as a handy reference for those interested in key CA findings on social interaction.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Interactional Practices and the Teaching of Conversation

Chapter 2 Turn-taking Practices I: Turn-construction and Language Teaching

Chapter 3 Turn-taking Practices II: Turn-allocation and Language Teaching

Chapter 4 Sequencing Practices I: Generic Sequences and Language Teaching

Chapter 5 Sequencing Practices II: Type-specific Sequences and Language Teaching

Chapter 6 Sequencing Practices III: Topic Management and Language Teaching

Chapter 7 Sequencing practices IV: Storytelling and Language Teaching

Chapter 8 Overall Structuring Practices I: Telephone Openings and Language Teaching

Chapter 9 Overall Structuring Practices II: Face-to-Face Openings and Language Teaching

Chapter 10 Overall Structuring Practices III: Conversation Closings and Language Teaching

Chapter 11 Repair Practices I: Self-initiated Repair and Language Teaching

Chapter 12 Repair Practices II: Other-initiated Repair and Language Teaching


About the Authors

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

Hansun Zhang Waring is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

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