1st Edition

Language Learning Beyond the Classroom

Edited By David Nunan, Jack C. Richards Copyright 2015
    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume presents case studies of language learning beyond the classroom. The studies draw on a wide range of contexts, from North and South America to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Each provides principled links between theory, research and practice.

    While out-of-class learning will not replace the classroom, ultimately all successful learners take control of their own learning. This book shows how teachers can help learners bridge the gap between formal instruction and autonomous language learning. Although English is the primary focus of most chapters, there are studies on a range of other languages including Spanish and Japanese.



    Part I. Involving the learner in out-of-class learning
    1. Richard Day and Thomas Robb Extensive Reading
    2. Betsy Gilliland Listening Logs for Extensive Listening Practice
    3. JoDee Walters Carrying vocabulary learning outside the classroom
    4. Erika Kerekes  Using songs and lyrics in out-of-class learning
    5. Nana Long and Jing Huang  Out-of-class pronunciation learning: Are EFL learners ready in China?
    6. David L. Chiesa and Kathleen M. Bailey Dialogue Journals: Learning for a Lifetime

    Part II: Using technology and the internet
    7. Averil Coxhead and Julie Bytheway  Learning vocabulary using two massive online resources: You will not blink
    8. Alice Chik  "I don't know how to talk basketball before playing NBA 2K10": Using digital games for out-of-class language learning
    9. Maria do Carmo Righini  The use of social media resources in advanced level classes
    10. Ken Beatty Essentially Social: online language learning with social networks
    11. Olga Kozar  Language Exchange websites for independent learning
    12. Akihiko Sasaki E-mail tandem language learning

    Part III: Learning through television
    13. Andy Curtis  Learning English through the language of the Pokémon: “Just watchin’ TV, Ma”
    14. Anthony Hanf  Resourcing Authentic Language in television series
    15. Phoebe M. S. Lin and Anna Siyanova-Chanturia  Internet television for L2 learning
    16. Stuart Webb  Extensive viewing: Language learning through watching television

    Part IV: Out-of-class projects
    17. Jennifer Grode and Adrienne Stacy  Authentic materials and project-based learning: In pursuit of accuracy
    18. Catarina Pontes and Marilisa Shimazumi Learning-to-learn with ourselves and with our peers through technology
    19. Leonardo A. Mercado Integrating classroom learning and autonomous learning
    20. Kelley Calvert The Ecology of English: Real world experiences in sustainability and language learning
    21. Lindsay Miller and Christoph A. Hafner    Taking Control: A digital video project for English for Science students

    Part V: Interacting with native-speakers
    22. Jane Arnold and Carmen Fonseca-Mora Language and cultural encounters: Opportunities for interaction with native speakers
    23. John Macalister  Study Abroad Programme Design and Goal Fulfillment: “I’d like to talk like a Kiwi”
    24. Phiona Stanley  Talking to strangers: Learning Spanish by using it
    25. Marc Cadd   Increasing the linguistic and cultural benefits of study abroad
    26. Maike Grau and Michael Legutke  Linking language learning inside and outside the classroom: Perspectives from teacher education
    27. Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson and Tamami Mori  Japanese Communities of Practice: Creating opportunities for out-of-class learning
    28. Gary Barkhuizen Learning English with a home tutor: Meeting the needs of migrant learners

    List of Contributors


    David Nunan is a language teacher, teacher educator, researcher, consultant and author. He has published over 30 academic books on second language curriculum design, development and evaluation, teacher education, and research.

    Jack C. Richards is an applied linguist, teacher educator, and textbook author, a specialist in the teaching of English as a second language (TESOL) who has had an active career in the Asia Pacific region (Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Hawaii) for many years. He is an honorary professor at the University of Sydney.

    "I am happy to see this innovative collection…. I do not know of another volume with this focus. So, this is a very exciting venture, and I am very pleased to see it." 

    MaryAnn Christison, University of Utah, Department of Linguistics/Urban Institute for Teacher Education, USA

    "This is a very original idea and an innovative publication, certainly in keeping with the times with its attention to autonomy, digital learning, and language learner strategies."

    Paul Nation, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    "Language Learning Beyond the Classroom offers a new perspective on autonomouslearning by showing how out-of-class learning can complement classroom-based learning. This shift of perspective is especially timely in an era in which rapidly developing internet-based technologies and opportunities for travel have dramatically expanded affordances for foreign language learning and use beyond the classroom."

    Phil Benson, Macquarie University