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ERIC Number: ED357598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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National Curriculum: ESL in Primary Education in England. A Classroom Study.
Leung, Constant
This study examined the type and amount of interaction taking place between mainstream class teachers and English-as-Second-Language (ESL) pupils in primary schools. Teachers at two primary school classes, each at a different school, identified two early-stage ESL pupils in their classes as subjects for the study. Teachers made weekly 30-minute recordings of normal class activities when pupils were expected to be actively engaged in learning tasks. Findings suggest that, while there was a good amount of teacher-pupil interaction, it tended to be teacher-directed. There also did not seem to be many opportunities for teachers and pupils to engage in negotiation of meaning and comprehension checking, which are believed to be important for second language acquisition. The data raise serious questions as to whether the ESL pupils were enjoying the same access to the curriculum as their monolingual English-speaking peers. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)