Conversation: From Description to Pedagogy

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 26, 2006 - Education - 364 pages
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This book provides a comprehensive account of conversation in English and its implications for the ELT classroom. After a general overview and definition of conversation it provides the reader with a systematic description of conversational English, from the vocabulary of conversation, to grammar, discourse and genre. This is followed by an informed account of the development of conversation in both first and second language acquisition. It then describes a range of methodological approaches, procedures and techniques for teaching conversation in English. On this basis, an integrated approach to the teaching of conversation is provided, along with practical classroom applications.
 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
26
Section 3
33
Section 4
39
Section 5
40
Section 6
49
Section 7
54
Section 8
56
Section 19
214
Section 20
238
Section 21
247
Section 22
251
Section 23
258
Section 24
261
Section 25
274
Section 26
275

Section 9
57
Section 10
62
Section 11
73
Section 12
86
Section 13
107
Section 14
137
Section 15
138
Section 16
142
Section 17
158
Section 18
186
Section 27
281
Section 28
294
Section 29
319
Section 30
321
Section 31
322
Section 32
326
Section 33
339
Section 34
340
Section 35
342

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Scott Thornbury is Associate Professor on the MA TESOL program at the New School in New York, and has an MA (TEFL) from the University of Reading. His previous experience includes teaching and training in Egypt, UK, Spain and in his native New Zealand. He has written extensively on areas of language and methodology and is currently the series editor of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers.

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