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Review - November 2014

Focus on Oral Interaction

Rhonda Oliver and Jenefer Philp, OUP;


This is a slim 162-page book in the Oxford Key Concepts for the Language Classroom series. It links second language acquisition research with classroom practice, specifically primary and secondary school teaching. The authors define oral interaction, describe the importance of social interaction, and explore key concepts such as individual differences, aptitude and motivation. The glossary of terms like ‘interaction hypothesis’ is useful; there are good suggestions for further reading. The book provides genuine insights, although some conclusions, such as the need for variety, may seem obvious to practitioners. The book’s aim to bridge research and practice is successfully achieved.