ERIC Number: ED453513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Language Patterns That May Help or Hinder Learning: Taking an Inventory of Your Assumptions.
Network News, p7-11 Spr 1999
Why is it important to take a closer look at the patterns of language, or discourse, in the conversations in Reading Recovery teachers' lessons? Conversations occur throughout the lesson as teachers communicate with children and are not limited to a procedural component of the lesson related to composing. Teachers' theories of the world, literacy learning, and children are manifested in the discourse patterns evident in their interactions with children. It is crucial that Reading Recovery teacher leaders inventory their assumptions about language. This article first addresses how children construct communicative competencies necessary for success in school. Then, the teacher/author uses examples in the article from her own lessons to examine discourse patterns that help or hinder language learning. The article closes with a call to teacher leaders and teachers to check on their assumptions through examining patterns of language interactions in lessons. (Contains 14 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Language Arts, Language Patterns, Learning Processes, Primary Education, Teacher Student Relationship
Reading Recovery Council of North America, Inc., Suite 100, 1929 Kenny Road, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43210-1069. Tel: 614-292-7111; Web site: http://www.readingrecovery.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Reading Recovery Council of North America, Columbus, OH.