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Language for Teaching Purposes

Bilingual Classroom Discourse and the Non-Native Speaker Language Teacher


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Emma Riordan
    Pages 1-13
  3. Emma Riordan
    Pages 51-79
  4. Emma Riordan
    Pages 113-145
  5. Emma Riordan
    Pages 175-201
  6. Emma Riordan
    Pages 203-218
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-227

About this book


This book’s innovative approach proposes Language for Teaching Purposes as a distinct field of enquiry and practice within Language for Specific Purposes. It uses robust theoretical and empirical evidence to demonstrate the specificity of language used by teachers teaching language, and the complex decisions teachers make around language choice and use in language classrooms. These complexities are shown to affect Non-native Speaker Language Teachers in particular so that their language needs must be met in teacher training programmes. Set in the Anglophone foreign language teaching world, this book will appeal to anyone involved in teacher training, language teaching or the investigation of classroom discourse.


Language for Specific Purposes Curriculum design Classroom discourse Modern Foreign Languages Bilingualism Code-switching Classroom management Language for Teaching Purposes Language teaching non-native speaker language teachers (NNSLT) Classroom discourse Communicative Language Teaching initiation-response-feedback target language use language classroom discourse analysis language teacher training Language Policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.German Department School of Languages, Literatures and CulturesUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

About the authors

Emma Riordan is Lecturer in German and Applied Linguistics at University College Cork, Ireland. She has been a native speaking teacher of English and non-native speaking teacher of German for 15 years. Her research interests include language teaching and learning, discourse analysis, language policy and language teacher training.

Bibliographic information


“Riordan has drawn on her dual identity as an applied linguistic researcher, and as a non-native speaking teacher of German to produce this ground-breaking book. It explores a multiplicity of issues surrounding language teachers’ own linguistic needs and will be extremely valuable to modern foreign language teachers, teacher educators, and researchers alike.” (Heath Rose, University of Oxford, UK)

“Emma Riordan’s examination of bilingual classroom discourse uniquely targets non-native speaker teachers of German (and not English, as is usually the case). Her arguments are written with ease and clarity, and built on a solid empirical base, including document analysis, interviews, questionnaires and classroom observations. Language for Teaching Purposes is a most original contribution to the field – a pleasure to read not only for researchers, but classroom teachers too!” (Péter Medgyes, Emeritus Professor at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)