Classroom culture and the construction of learning opportunities:an ethnographic case study of two EFL classrooms in a higher education setting in China









What is going on in the language classroom? What is the optimal situation for language learning to occur? How can a language classroom afford maximum language learning opportunities of good quality with its own constraints? These are the questions that have haunted language teachers and language teaching researchers for years. With the description of an empirical study of two language classrooms, the book 'Classroom Culture and the Construction of Learning Opportunities' sheds light on the possible answers to the above questions. In the book, two different kinds of classroom lives have been vividly presented alongside with the presentation of different types of learning opportunities offered by these classroomlives. Moreover, the book depicts the positive cultural traits that orient a language classroom towards a favourable learning environment from a 'learning opportunity' perspective.


Yingchun Li earned her PhD degree from the University of Exeter, U.K. in 2007. She is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Foreign Languages for Economics and Trade, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China. She is also one of the academic editors of The Asian ESP Journal. As a professional TESOLer and a TESOL researcher, she has published books and articles on language teaching research and given talks at many international conferences including TESOL and IATEFL annual conferences.

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