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ERIC Number: ED456666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 26
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Speaking Silence? A Study of Linguistic Space and Girls in an ESL Classroom.
Jule, Allyson
This study is a qualitative exploration of the amount of talk (also known as linguistic space) used by girls as opposed to boys in a grade 2 English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classroom in British Columbia. The focus of this study is the amount of language generated in a classroom lesson-time talk based on gender. Data was collected through videotaped observations, which were then transcribed, timed, and analyzed for conversational opportunities and patterns. The findings revealed that femaleness affects participation in classroom lessons and, by extension, affects language learning opportunities. This particular task of linguistic space in the girls' experience revealed that girls speak only for a fraction of the time. Their silence appeared heavily influenced by the teacher's response to student concerns. This study provides an empirical basis for the conclusion that gender is a prime variable in the ESL classroom. Learning happens through talk, and so efforts should be made to make teachers aware of the disproportionately small share of linguistic space girls claim and ways to increase their participation explored. (Contains 51 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada