Classrooms as communities of practice: A reevaluation

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The notion of community of practice (CoP), first enunciated by Lave and Wenger (1991), has become a generative theoretical framework that has been applied across a wide range of disciplines. In this article, I examine how this framework has been taken up in second language (L2) research, discuss its strengths and limitations in understanding L2 learning - particularly in classroom settings - and consider some directions for future research. However, before turning to the use that has been made of this notion in the field of L2 research, it may be helpful to discuss its evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-817
Number of pages11
JournalTESOL Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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