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Language Learning Beyond the Classroom

1st Edition

Edited by David Nunan, Jack C. Richards


302 pages

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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.


"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

Table of Contents



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

About the Editors

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.

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
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language