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Title: Classroom Talk
Subtitle: Exploring the Sociocultural Structure of Formal ESL Learning
Written By: Debbie G. E. Ho
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=10761
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 27
Description:

This study explores the field of ESL (English as a Second Language)
classroom learning within a formal learning institution. Influenced by the
sociocultural theory in SLA (Second Language Acquisition), the book sheds
light on the question that has been boggling the minds of language
practitioners and researchers: Why is ESL classroom talk the way it is?
Based on a case study of a school in an ESL community, it argues
persuasively that classroom talk may be linked in important ways to an
operative sociocultural structure of ESL pedagogy over and above the
classroom at the institutional level.

The book examines issues which have here-to-fore been avoided by writers
and researchers in current SLA writings and classroom studies. It confronts
complex and complicated contextual and research methodological issues to
make visible what has up to now been that elusive "structure" behind the oral
practices in language classrooms. Research methods are drawn from
language education and several disciplines within linguistics and the social
sciences. Emerging from a multidisciplinary methodological framework are a
number of surprising revelations about the meanings and functions of ESL
classroom talk.

Contents:

The ESL Classroom in the Formal Learning Context
- ESL Classroom Talk and the Sociocultural Theory in Formal ESL Learning
- Ethnography and an Ethnomethodological Approach to Data Collection and
Analysis
- The Bruneian ESL Context - A Case Study
- The Features of Classroom Talk in the Grammar English Lesson
- The Perception of a Sociocultural Structure in ESL Formal Instruction
- Classroom Talk and the Expression of the Sociocultural Structure of ESL
Formal Learning.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039107615
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 254
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