Editor: Simon Gieve
Editor: Inés K Miller
Paperback: ISBN: 9780230206953 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 19.99
'Once in a while you come across an edited volume that is hard to put down. Understanding the Language Classroom is one such rare volume...you will soon find yourself wanting to read evermore, for the views expressed in this volume are as diverse as the sixteen individuals that contributed to the wealth of information contained in this well-crafted work...it is an important addition to anyone's list of edited volumes on second languages and the complexity of learning, and I recommend it most highly...' - The Reading Matrix
This edited volume problematizes prescription, efficiency, and technical solutions as orientations to classroom language learning. The ideas that have found most resonance in the contributors' attempts at understanding language classroom life are the inherent complexity and idiosyncrasy of classroom life, the central importance of the participants' own understandings, the relationship between classroom life and teachers' and students' lives, negotiation between teachers and learners, the relationship between the local and the global, and the 'quality' of classroom life. These themes are addressed in the contexts of language learning, adult literacy education and language teacher education.
The starting point for this collection is an original paper by Dick Allwright in which he outlines his view of Six Promising Directions in Applied Linguistics. The other distinguished contributors respond to this discussion with their own interpretations and from their own experience. The contributors are Michael P. Breen, Maria Antonieta Alba Celani, Hywel Coleman, John F. Fanselow and Roger Barnard, Donald Freeman, Simon Gieve and Inés K. Miller, Adrian Holliday, Ming-I Lydia Tseng and Roz Ivanič, Elaine E. Tarone, Tony Wright and Devon Woods. Kathleen Bailey's Foreword sets the scene.