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ERIC Number: ED348860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-25
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Science to Students with Limited English Proficiency through Nested Spiral Approach.
Chyu, Chi-oy W.
The Nested Spiral Approach (NSA) is a teaching technique designed for students of limited English proficiency that integrates four aspects of motivated learning: contents, language, culture, and real life experiences. The approach consists of: (1) effective use of student strengths; (2) three teaching cycles for each lesson; and (3) five steps in each cycle. Preliminary use of NSA to teach mathematics at the junior high school level has been successful, raising achievement in both the subject area and English language skills and promoting self-esteem, confidence, and learning motivation. The technique can also be used in science instruction. The three instruction cycles (basic, intermediate, advanced) emphasize subject matter learning with opportunities to learn from different perspectives. Each cycle or level is correlated with an area of English language proficiency (vocabulary; grammar and simple sentence structure; and science reading comprehension, respectively). The five steps of preview, exploration, discussion, exercise, and review are carried out in each cycle, fostering critical thinking, planning, predicting, interpreting, and evaluating skills while imparting science content. A brief description of the cycles and related class activities illustrates the suggested approach. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nested Spiral Approach
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Region of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (New York, NY, October 25, 1991).