Interaction, Language Use, and Second Language Teaching








This book presents a view of human language as social interaction, illustrating its implications for language learning and second language teaching. The volume advocates for researchers, practitioners, and administrators to rethink and reconceptualize an understanding of language beyond that of the written word to one encompassing social and interactional activity built on co-construction, collaboration, and negotiation. The book emphasizes the ways in which this view of language can shed light on the language learning process as one which draws on discrete linguistic units and constructions in conjunction with a range of temporal, sequential, and embodied resources across a variety of social contexts. In turn, these insights prompt further reflection and discussion on their implications for advancing second language teaching practice. This book will be key reading for scholars interested in second language teaching research, as well as active second language teachers and language program administrators.



Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Research on Language and Interaction Across Disciplines
1.2 Research on Interaction and Second Language Teaching
1.3 On Grammatical Sentences and their Limits
1.4 Action and Sequence: Composition, Position, and Context
1.5 Conclusion

Chapter 2: Understanding interaction
2.1 Basics: Action and Sequence
2.2 Larger Courses of Action
2.3 Why We Talk
2.4 Interaction, Language, and Culture
2.5 Conclusion

Chapter 3: Understanding language learning
3.1 On Learning vs. Teaching
3.2 Language Learning in Children
3.3 Second Language Learning
3.4 Situated Interaction as Driver and Object of Learning
3.5 Language Learning Revisited
3.6 Conclusion

Chapter 4: Understanding interaction in the classroom
4.1 Researching Classroom Interaction
4.2 Shaping Classroom Interaction for Maximizing Learning
4.3 Interaction as Teaching and Learning Target
4.4 Conclusion

Chapter 5: Interaction, language use, and second language teaching
5.1 Main Insights
5.2 Discussion

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