ERIC Number: ED363127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Concentrated Language Encounters: The International Biography of a Curriculum Concept.
Gray, Brian; Cazden, Courtney B.
This paper is about a teaching program that was developed at a school in Alice Springs, a small town in Australia that has influenced teaching programs for Aboriginal children in that country. At Traeger Park school, the Aboriginal children speak English, although the speech of many children is characterized as Aboriginal English dialect. The school teaches in English and seeks to achieve mainstream curriculum goals, an orientation supported by the parents. The effect of Cazden's concept of concentrated language encounters on the development of the teaching program at Traeger Park is described in detail. By employing a social construction approach to classroom discourse that concentrated on the scaffolding of common knowledge, a learning environment was created in which different discourse agendas on the part of the children and the teacher could come together in a way that still allowed the cultural goals for school learning to be achieved. (Contains 17 references.) (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (26th, Vancouver, Canada, March 4-7, 1992).