Teaching and Researching Speaking provides an overview of the main approaches to researching spoken language and their practical application to teaching, classroom materials, and assessment. The history and current practices of teaching and researching speaking are presented through the lens of bigger theoretical issues about the object of study in linguistics, social attitudes to the spoken form, and the relationships between spoken and written language. A unique feature of the book is the way it clearly explains the nature of speaking and how it is researched and puts it into the context of a readable and holistic overview of language theory. This new edition is fully updated and revised to reflect the latest developments on classroom materials and oral assessment, as well as innovations in conversation analysis. The resources section is brought up-to-date with new media and currently available networks, online corpora, and mobile applications. This is a key resource for applied linguistics students, English language teachers, teacher trainers, and novice researchers.
Rebecca Hughes is Director of Education at the British Council and Honorary Chair of Applied Linguistics and International Education at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. Beatrice Szczepek Reed is Reader in Education at the University of York, UK.
Section I. Issues in teaching and researching speaking. Chapter 1: Conceptual and historical background. Chapter 2: The research space: paradigms and issues. Section II. Issues for teaching and assessing speaking. Chapter 3: Approaches, materials and the issue of `real' speech. Chapter 4: Issues in assessing speaking. Chapter 5: Approaches to researching speech. Section III. Researching Speaking. Chapter 6: Spoken Language and the Classroom. Chapter 7: Research project ideas and frameworks. Section IV: Resources and further information. Chapter 8: Research borders and boundaries. Chapter 9: Research resources.