ERIC Number: ED363024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in a Third Grade Teacher's Language during One School Year.
Evans-Brouhard, Angela; And Others
In this study, teacher language was described at the beginning and end of a school year. A third-grade teacher's language directed toward the entire class of 20 students as well as toward a group of 5 language-impaired children within that class was examined separately. The teacher's language content, form and usage were analyzed separately from videotaped language arts lessons. Results indicated that the teacher's language had a more syntactically complex form at the end of the school year than at the beginning for both groups of children. Little change was observed in the use of figurative language forms. The teacher directed more idiomatic expressions to the language-impaired children at the end of the school year than at the beginning. In the area of language use, the teacher used more information-giving acts during the samples collected at the end of the school year. The percentage of information-seeking questions and requests decreased at the end of the school year. These results were consistent in instruction directed to the entire class as well as to the students who were identified as language-impaired. (Contains 41 references.) (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Language
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (San Antonio, TX, November 20-23, 1992).