2nd Edition

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

By Jean Wong, Hansun Zhang Waring Copyright 2021
    388 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    388 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



    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.

    "[T]his newly updated second edition of Conversation analysis and second language pedagogy: A guide for ESL/EFL teachers is an immensely practical and easy-to-use resource for language teachers looking to incorporate the findings of conversation analysis (CA) into their pedagogical practice…. In short, this book sets out to be a practical guide for ESL/EFL teachers who are interested in using CA to inform their teaching practices and it succeeds emphatically in achieving this goal. The authors make an important and compelling contribution to encouraging a shift towards an empirically based interactionist perspective in L2 pedagogy."

    TESOL in Context, 30(2)