Classrooms as Multidimensional Contexts

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


Classrooms are complex contexts for learning. This is an outcome of their designed and institutionalised character, and because of the minute-by-minute dynamics of classroom encounters. Complexity is their most definitive quality, reflected in well-known descriptions of classrooms (Quote 4.1).


Classroom Management Classroom Discourse Classroom Community Classroom Culture Educational Discourse 
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Further reading

  1. Breen (2001a) is a seminal paper on classroom as culture and also appears in Candlin and Mercer (2001). [Originally published 1985.]Google Scholar
  2. Breen (2001b) is a key paper for understanding the social and pedagogic dynamics of the language classroom.Google Scholar
  3. Cazden (1988) provides a very comprehensive overview of approaches to classroom discourse.Google Scholar
  4. Lantolf (2000) features socio-culturally-oriented studies of second language classroom discourse.Google Scholar
  5. Mercer (1995) is an excellent introduction to the analysis of talk in educational settings.Google Scholar
  6. Mercer (2000) develops earlier ideas on discourse and extends these into other aspects of social life, providing the possibility for interesting comparisons with classroom life.Google Scholar
  7. Tsui (1995) covers all the important linguistic aspects of classroom discourse.Google Scholar
  8. van Lier (1988) is an in-depth study of language classroom discourse.Google Scholar
  9. van Lier (1996a) is a comprehensive introduction to an ‘ecological’ view of classroom talk.Google Scholar

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