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Biting the bullet: getting the best out of speaking practice in languages tutorials

Adams, H. L. and Nicolson, M. A. (2010). Biting the bullet: getting the best out of speaking practice in languages tutorials. Classroom Discourse, 1(2) pp. 104–120.

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This article discusses socio-cultural and psycholinguistic issues regarding adult student integration in language tutorials in open and blended contexts when practising the skill of speaking and adds to previous research published by the authors. It examines issues linked to diversity, anxiety, critical moments and integration in regard to pedagogic approaches and argues that the latter should not be enforced at the expense of individual need. It takes account of Vygotsky's notion of the zone of proximal development, Van Lier's work on agency and Kumaravadivelu's post-method condition. Bhaba's third space remains a key concept in terms of understanding successful processes. Whilst accepting that a classroom utopia is not achievable, the authors nonetheless argue that more attention be paid to particularity within situated learning groups and that teacher development needs to take account of this.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1946-3022
Keywords: open and distance learning; identity; diversity; anxiety; zone of proximal development; agency; the third space; the post-method condition
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 24117
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2010 12:07
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:18
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