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ERIC Number: ED515825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 184
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-9551-9
Talk Opportunities around Text and the Responses They Elicit from Middle Level English Language Learners
Cowgill, Jennifer Anne
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Washington State University
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the role that talk about text assumes for English language learners in their middle level reading classrooms. In particular, this study looked at the opportunities that English language learners have to talk about text in middle level reading classrooms and their responses to these opportunities. In addition, it looked at how English language learners explain and regard the talk opportunities they receive and their participation in them. Scholars propose that talk in general, and talk about text specifically, fosters comprehension, higher level thinking, and academic language proficiency. A relatively large body of scholarship has examined the role that talk about text assumes for English language learners at the elementary level. However, very few studies have done this at the middle level. This study seeks to augment that sparse body of research. It contributes to middle level research, research around English language learners, and research regarding the role of talk in reading classrooms. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina