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Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse

Olcay Sert

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Provides a close investigation of interactional practices in L2 classrooms

FINALIST: AAAL First Book Award

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About the Author

Olcay Sert is an assistant professor of Applied Linguistics at Hacettepe University and is the director of HUMAN (Hacettepe University Micro-Analysis Network) Research Centre. His main research approach is Conversation Analysis and his research deals primarily with classroom discourse, interactional competence, and language teacher education. His work has appeared in a number of international journals including TESOL Quarterly, Language and Education and Journal of Pragmatics.


Sert’s must read book introduces conversation analysis to readers who are not familiar with the power of this methodology, while simultaneously providing a detailed theoretical discussion of cutting edge issues in the field. And his contributions to understanding teacher education as a data driven enterprise are both provocative and enlightening.

- Professor Numa Markee, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sert successfully shows how CA findings can provide a deeper understanding of classroom interaction, show evidence of the development of CIC in practice, inform teacher-training programs, and potentially influence educational policy.

- Lauren Carpenter, Teachers College, Columbia University, Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics

Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse is a meticulous and well-written book that provides rigorous empirical analysis of important moments in the L2 English classroom, including the co-construction of understanding, interactional troubles and their resolution, and the microgenesis of L2 (classroom) interactional competence. It is an important contribution to the field of applied linguistics because it consolidates ideas in conversation analysis in order to make recommendations for L2 pedagogy that are both well-warranted, deriving as they do from a robust empirical record, and exceptionally practical.

- American Association for Applied Linguistics Book Award Committee

Several texts on Applied Linguistics take a highly theoretical approach to their subject matter, which may leave the classroom practitioner feeling that the issues discussed have little relevance to, or use for the classroom. However, by providing detailed transcripts of classroom interaction, along with visual data to support the transcripts, Sert has produced a monograph that focuses on the application of theory derived from research to the real-world L2 classroom. He has produced a text that is accessible to teachers with little knowledge of Conversation Analysis who wish to develop better interaction with learners. This is a book written with teachers in mind, and it would be a highly useful guide for instructors wishing to have interaction with learners that is informed by pedagogical goals, rather than the notion that any language produced by teachers is effective in promoting learner output.

- Shane Donald, New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics
By combining research and practice, this book is a comprehensive resource for in-service L2 teacher development projects and L2 language teacher education programs. Teacher educators could adopt examples and transcripts of excerpts along with visual phenomena from the book for analysis, discussion, and reflection with pre-service teachers to enable understanding of L2 learning in various contexts. The discussion of research ethics in Chapter 9, the detailed analyses in Chapters 4-6, and the CA orientation, make this book invaluable for qualitative research, CA, and/ or SLA courses.
- Andrea Eniko Lypka, University of South Florida, The Linguist List

A very important contribution to both existing academic research and L2 education practice and policy.
shortlisted for the 2016 BAAL book prize

- BAAL Prize Committee 2016

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