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ERIC Number: ED177565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
The Language of Vocational Students.
McIvor, Anna Kae
The language performance and experiences of four eleventh grade Canadian vocational students were examined over six weeks in four individual interviews and four group discussion sessions. Additional data were collected by observing the students in their English classes and work situations. These case studies revealed the following: student language abilities varied according to mode and situation and their language difficulties were less apparent in group discussions and work situations, where they revealed an awareness of both the heuristic and communicative functions of language. The students did not lack inherent language facility, but their intentions and expectations about writing were misguided by the kind of writing they most often did in school (transactional) and the kinds of responses their teachers gave to that writing (negative, overemphasizing mechanics). Students' self-concepts about their writing abilities led them to expect little from their writing; and expecting little, they accomplished little. The implications from these case studies concern the needs to broaden students' intentions of school language, to be aware of the student's own language and the role this language plays in learning, and to balance attention to language surface features with attention to the content. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (12th, Ottawa, Canada, May 8-11, 1979)