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ERIC Number: ED304946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-17
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Orchestration of ESL Performance.
Cumming, Alister
The classes of one experienced teacher of English as a Second Language were observed over four months, using principles of naturalistic inquiry to obtain a holistic interpretation of the processes of language learning and instruction. Events in the classes were found to be related through the teacher's orchestration of student performance. This "performance" was realized through five distinct routines for practicing English, which established a common repertoire of rehearsal behaviors and shared knowledge. The routines included: (1) choral practice; (2) complex recitations involving written texts, spoken exchanges, linguistic analyses, and paradigmatic examples; (3) ensemble practice; (4) guided improvisation; and (5) independent practice. The value of the routines is assessed in view of their potential to foster experiential learning and problem-solving behaviors appropriate to students preparing for academic studies in the second language. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; 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 British Columbia Teachers of English as an Additional Language (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 17, 1989).