International Perspectives on ELT Classroom Interaction: An Introduction

  • Paul Seedhouse
  • Christopher J. Jenks
Part of the International Perspectives on English Language Teaching book series (INPELT)


This chapter introduces the reader to English Language Teaching (ELT) classroom interaction as a field of academic research, providing the background to the studies included in this collection, which advance knowledge in this area of study. The chapter starts with a brief history of the ELT classroom and its worldwide spread. It then considers how ELT classroom interaction can be conceptualised, which phenomena are of interest and the different ways in which it may be studied. Finally, we introduce the chapters in this volume.


Classroom Interaction Language Teacher Conversation Analysis English Language Teaching Language Choice 
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