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Discourse Analysis in the Language Classroom

Volume 1. The Spoken Language
Heidi Riggenbach
Michigan Teacher Resource


This user-friendly book is intended for ESL/EFL teachers who wish to better understand discourse analysis as it applies to the language classroom and who need to design courses and materials with the goal of developing their intermediate to advanced students' skills as researchers in acquiring their new language. The book includes:

  • An overview of discourse analysis and its relevance to language teachers and learners;
  • Background material on the interesting features pertaining to oral language skills;
  • Presentation of techniques for preparing students to be researchers and for implementing discourse analysis tools in the classroom and the activities that employ these techniques; and
  • A discussion of options for incorporating discourse analysis into different course situations.

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  • 7 x 10.
  • 232pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 1999
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-08541-5

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  • $30.50 U.S.



  • discourse analysis, second language pedagogy, genre analysis, second language speaking, applied linguistics, English for academic purposes, English for specific purposes, students as researchers, experiential learning, classroom activities, communicative competence, sociocultural context, qualitative research, data collection, spoken language data, macro-level structures, turn taking, speech events, fillers, backchannels, micro-level structures, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, task-based learning, materials design