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ERIC Number: ED328085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 20
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Content-Based Second Language Instruction: Teaching English through Mathematics in Grades 1-4.
Allen, Barbara
Recent increased interest in content-based language instruction is due to new developments in second language acquisition theory, and to the need to provide equal educational opportunities to the growing number of immigrant children. Facets of second language learning that need to be developed in content-based instruction include specialized vocabulary, language functions for academic communication, language structures and discourse features associated with different disciplines, and classroom language skills. This language development component distinguishes content-based from traditional language instruction. An integrated approach to content-based instruction derives learning objectives from the academic content, language content, and ongoing assessment of the student's language skills. To foster communication, much content-based language instruction should be activity-centered. Interest in integrating mathematics content and English language instruction is relatively new and offers some pedagogical challenges for limited-English-speakers. At the elementary level, attention must be given to concepts, computation, applications, and problem-solving. A series of four class activities for grades 1-4 are designed to promote communicative language exchange in classroom settings while fostering mathematics learning. A brief bibliography is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Content Area Teaching