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Code Choice in the Language Classroom Author: Glenn S. Levine

Paperback - 208 pages
25 Jan 2011
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148


Code Choice in the Language Classroom argues that the foreign language classroom is and should be regarded as a multilingual community of practice rather than as a perpetually deficient imitator of an exclusive second-language environment. From a sociocultural and ecological perspective, Levine guides the reader through a theoretical, empirical, and pedagogical treatment of the important roles of the first language, and of code-switching practices, in the language classroom. Intended for SLA researchers, language teachers, language program directors, and graduate students of foreign languages and literatures, the book develops a framework for thinking about all aspects of code choice in the language classroom and offers concrete proposals for designing and carrying out instruction in a multilingual classroom community of practice.


Levine's book is clear, practical and thought-provoking...L2 teachers trying to come to terms with L2 teaching nowadays will certainly be encouraged, inspired and comforted by this book. Curriculum developers...will appreciate the conceptual and methodological framework presented by Levine. Scholars and students wishing to explore the main tenets of sociocultural approaches to L2 teaching will find this work to be a fine and thorough synthesis.

- LINGUIST List 22.2943
- Jose Aguilar Río

Author Biography:

Glenn S. Levine is an Associate Professor of German and German language program director at the University of California, Irvine.

Readership Level:

Research / Professional

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