Managing Classroom Participation

  • Tony Wright
Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)


In Chapter 8 and elsewhere I have argued that a holistic and integrated view of classroom management includes an account of the central role of talk in classroom management activity. Studies of classroom talk have rarely concerned themselves directly with classroom management practices. Rather they have highlighted and accounted for processes which are integral to classroom management, such as turn-taking. The lack of studies of the role of talk in classroom management is as reflective of the instruction/management dichotomy as a lack of interest in classroom management. The concern with the ‘effectiveness’ of various teaching methods in the language teaching world may have diverted attention away from what is arguably more fundamental to classroom life. The studies examined in this chapter are therefore ‘edited’ to isolate those aspects which have a bearing on classroom management. They also suggest new studies focusing on the discourses of opportunity, order and care.


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