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Understanding Communication in Second Language Classrooms by Karen E. (Pennsylvania State University) Johnson

Understanding Communication in Second Language Classrooms


Understanding Communication in Second Language Classrooms by Karen E. (Pennsylvania State University) Johnson

An integrated view of communication in second language classrooms that acknowledges the importance of what teachers and students bring to the class environment. Drawing on actual classroom transcripts from a range of instructional settings, Johnson constructs a conceptual framework through which teachers can recognize how patterns of classroom communication are established and maintained, how these patterns affect students' participation in classroom events, and how their participation shapes the ways they use language for learning and their opportunities for second language acquisition. Relevant research is presented from the areas of classroom discourse, language in communities, teacher cognition, classroom learning, and second language acquisition.


'The major strength of this book is in its real examples of how second language classroom communication is established and maintained facilitating teaching, learning and second languge acquisition. It is a valuable reference for teacher educators, student teachers and classroom teachers.'
VATME Newsletter, No 63, 1996

'The book both does what it sets out to do and does it well. It is reader-friendly, the plentiful examples and clear explanations both contributing to this quality.'
EA Journal, Vol 13, No 2

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Publication date

24th February 1995


Karen E. (Pennsylvania State University) Johnson

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Cambridge University Press


204 pages


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