This book review examines the 2nd edition of Betsy Rymes' Classroom Discourse Analysis: A Tool for Critical Reflection. It includes an outline of each chapter's content, discusses the several distinctive features of the book, and its possible contribution to educational research from a practitioner's point of view. The book has nine chapters. The first four chapters first introduce the readers to basic concepts of discourse analysis within a three-dimensional approach, and then provides techniques and strategies for recording, viewing, transcribing and analyzing classroom talk through examples, activities, and questions. From Chapter V to VIII, Rymes focuses on particular resources utilized in classroom discourse such as turn taking, contextualization, storytelling and framing. Chapter IX revisits the three dimensions of classroom discourse and discusses how such a perspective may be integrated in teaching practice with an understanding of individual communicative repertoire. Overall, the book is a how-to-book for in-service teachers who would like to resolve issues of communication in their classrooms, and develop their interaction with their students.


Classroom Discourse Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, Educational Research, Qualitative Research

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Ufuk Keles is a Fulbright grantee from Turkey. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. At present, he is working to receive a Qualitative Research Certificate and Social Justice Certificate at this university along with his autoethnographic dissertation in language learning, teaching and being an international student. His research interests include English as a foreign language, second language teacher education, critical discourse analysis, multicultural education, social justice, language planning and policy studies, and qualitative research in education. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: ukeles@crimson.ua.edu.

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