Investigating Classroom Discourse

By Steve Walsh

© 2004 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

Introducing language use and interaction as the basis of good teaching and learning, this invaluable book equips teachers and researchers with the tools to analyze classroom discourse and move towards more effective instruction.

Presenting an overview of existing approaches to describing and analyzing classroom discourse, Steve Walsh identifies the principal characteristics of classroom language in the contexts of second language classrooms, primary and secondary classrooms, and higher education settings. A distinct feature of the book are the classroom recordings and reflective feedback interviews from a sample group of teachers that Walsh uses to put forward SETT (Self Evaluation of Teacher Talk) as a framework for examining discourse within the classroom. This framework is used to identify different modes of discourse, which are employed by teachers and students, to increase awareness of the importance of interaction, and to maximize learning opportunities.

This book will appeal to applied linguists, teachers and researchers of TESOL, as well as practitioners on MEd or taught doctorate programmes.


'Useful reading for all teacher trainers/educators.' - Teacher Trainer

'Clearly written and coherent…A ready readership might include language teachers in training, postgraduate students and classroom researchers interested in language classroom discourse. This book would also make instructive reading for non-experts charged with inspecting L2 classrooms, a group growing in number.' - Educational Review

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Features of Classroom Discourse 2. Learning in the Second Language Classroom Summary 3. Approaches to Analyzing Classroom Discourse 4. A Framework for Analyzing Classroom Interaction Summary 5. Using SETT in Different Contexts Summary 6. Using SETT for Teacher Education Summary 7. Conclusions Appendix 1. Transcription Conventions Appendix 2. SETT Preocedures Appendix 3. Workshop Materials References Index

About the Series

Domains of Discourse

The Routledge Domains of Discourse series features cutting edge research on specific areas and contexts of spoken language, bringing together the framework and tools for analysis of a discourse.

As our understanding of spoken communication develops, corpus linguistics promises to provide the unifying link between previously compartmentalized areas of spoken language such as media discourse and language pedagogy.

Designed to present research in a clear and accessible form for students and researchers or practitioners, each title in the series is developed around three strands:

  • Content each title focuses on the subject matter of a particular discourse, e.g. media or business
  • Corpus each title is based on a collection of relevant spoken texts in its domain of discourse
  • Methodology each title engages with a number of approaches in language and discourse analysis

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General