Real classroom data is featured and summaries of research studies are chosen from a variety of classroom contexts
Research relevant to English language learners aged 6-16 is highlighted
Activities help you relate research and theory to own teaching context
Referencing classroom-based research and classroom vignettes, Focus on Oral Interaction explores the role of oral interaction for second language learning with a special focus on school-age English language learners.
Review from ETp 96
"This series aims to make research topics which are relevant to second language teachers more accessible. It is designed primarily for teachers of English in primary and secondary level contexts.
Focus on Oral Interaction explores the benefits and drawbacks of various different interaction patterns that occur in the classroom, and the impact these patterns have on the child and adolescent second language learner. It aims to use the findings of research carried out in both classrooms and ‘laboratory’ environments to guide primary and secondary level teachers in the pedagogical implications of oral interaction.
The book is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1 outlines what oral interaction is and what it is not. It compares speaking and writing, and describes the relationship between speaking and listening.
In Chapter 2, the writers go into more depth regarding the role of interaction for the second language learner, and examine the different types of interaction and strategies that are used.
Chapter 3 focuses on the interaction in the primary school classroom between teacher and learner and between peers. This chapter also discusses how these interactions contribute not only to second language acquisition, but to the learners’ academic, social and cultural development.
Chapter 4 explores similar areas, but in the secondary level context. The obstacles facing second language learners during adolescence, in both social and academic circumstances, are discussed.
The final chapter provides a summary of the key issues and concepts dealt with throughout the book.
Like the other books in the series, Focus on Oral Interaction contains Classroom Snapshots, Activities and Spotlight Studies, which provide real exchanges to demonstrate and discuss the different issues being raised. These also include the findings of important research, and allow the reader to reflect and analyse the exchanges and their own teaching.
What I most liked about this book was that although it is based on academic research, the Activities and Classroom Snapshots include and involve the readers, so that they are not reading passively.
The Glossary at the back of the book is most helpful as it keeps a record of all the new terminology that arises, and can be referred to while reading. There are also Suggestions for Further Reading if you wish to continue your research in this area, or if you would like to focus on a specific area mentioned in the book.
This is not a book of practical activities for oral interaction in the classroom, but a book which presents the findings of academic research in an active way. It is suitable for self-study or for discussion with colleagues."