Understanding the Language Classroom

  • Simon Gieve
  • Inés K. Miller

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About this book


The starting point for this collection is a chapter by Dick Allwright on the language learning and teaching classroom experience entitled Six Promising Directions in Applied Linguistics. The other distinguished contributors respond to this discussion with their own interpretations and from their own experience. The collection problematizes prescription, efficiency, and technical solutions as orientations to classroom language learning. Complexity and idiosyncrasy, on the other hand, are recognized as central concepts in a move towards centralizing teachers' and learners' own understanding of 'classroom life', in the contexts of language learning, adult literacy education and language teacher education.


language language classroom Language Learning linguistics literacy

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon Gieve
    • 1
  • Inés K. Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK
  2. 2.Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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