1st Edition

Conversation Analysis and Second Language Pedagogy
A Guide for ESL/ EFL Teachers

ISBN 9780415806374
Published April 14, 2010 by Routledge
16 Pages

USD $57.95

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Book Description

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


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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.