This book provides a state-of-the-art account of current research on the relatively neglected, complex and ambiguous issue of silence within second language settings. The chapters use a range of theoretical approaches and research methodologies to explore silence within a variety of educational contexts connected to East Asia.
Jim King is based at the University of Leicester where he directs the institution's campus-based Masters courses in applied linguistics and English language teaching. His books include the monograph Silence in the Second Language Classroom (Palgrave, 2013) and the edited volume The Emotional Rollercoaster of Language Teaching (with Christina Gkonou and Jean-Marc Dewaele, Multilingual Matters, 2020). Seiko Harumi is a Lecturer in Japanese and Applied Linguistics (Education) at SOAS, University of London. She has taught English, Applied Linguistics and Japanese in Japan and currently teaches in the United Kingdom. Her academic interests lie in classroom discourse, pragmatics, learner-centred reflective approaches in L2 learning and language pedagogy.