ERIC Number: ED341253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Conversations and Their Classroom Application. Educational Practice Report: 2.
"Instructional conversations" (ICs) are presented as one way for language minority students to achieve educational goals related to a depth of student understanding and appreciation of issues. ICs are discussion-based lessons geared toward creating opportunities for students' conceptual and linguistic development. They focus on an idea or a concept that has educational value as well as meaning and relevance for students. The teacher encourages expression of students' own ideas, builds upon students' experiences and ideas, and guides them to increasingly sophisticated levels of understanding. In contrast to more directive forms of instruction, which assume that what is to be learned by the students is already in the head of the teachers, ICs assume that students themselves plan an important role in constructing new knowledge and in acquiring a new understanding about the world. IC elements are outlined and illustrated in a transcript of an IC session. The place of the IC model in the school curriculum is also noted. An IC Rating Scale is appended that contains both instructional and conversational elements. Contains 47 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Class Activities, Comparative Analysis, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Language Acquisition, Minority Groups, Models, Oral Language, Second Language Instruction, Student Centered Curriculum, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Dissemination Coordinator, National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning, Center for Applied Linguistics, 1118 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning, Santa Cruz, CA.