ERIC Number: EJ1047787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Weaving Together Science and English: An Interconnected Model of Language Development for Emergent Bilinguals
Ciechanowski, Kathryn M.
Bilingual Research Journal, v37 n3 p237-262 2014
This research explores third-grade science and language instruction for emergent bilinguals designed through a framework of planning, lessons, and assessment in an interconnected model including content, linguistic features, and functions. Participants were a team of language specialist, classroom teacher, and researcher who designed interconnected science/ELD for 33 Spanish/English emergent bilinguals (14 English learners and 19 English proficient). Methods included functional linguistic and discourse analyses of observation transcripts and statistical analysis of pre and post assessments. Findings show gains in language and content from pre to post tests and increased engagement with targeted language, word choice, scientific vocabulary, and number of words.
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Science Instruction, Discourse Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Spanish, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Lesson Plans, Specialists, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Language Usage, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Individualized Instruction, Thematic Approach, Oral Language, Classroom Communication, Participant Observation, Mixed Methods Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
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