Classroom management is the central element of every teacher’s daily professional experience, but it is a neglected topic in debates on language education. Its relative unimportance in Applied Linguistics literature is far outweighed by its significance for teachers and students in classrooms. As a consequence, there has been a tendency to reduce classroom management to a series of procedures and techniques teachers use for ‘managing’ their classroom groups and lessons, part of the craft knowledge and skills of the profession. However, there are signs that a correction of this imbalance is both possible and necessary. Recent research in language education, accompanied by shifts in thinking about language teaching practice, have made it possible; the intense contemporary debate and speculation about the purposes and role of education in all societies have made it necessary.


Teacher Education Language Education Classroom Management Apply Linguistics English Language Education 
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