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ERIC Number: EJ1057222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Language and Content: Instructor Strategies in a Bilingual Science Class at a Chinese University
Liang, Xiaoping; Smith, Sara W.
International Journal of Higher Education, v1 n2 p92-102 2012
The present research analyzes instructional strategies used to integrate the learning of content and English as a foreign language in a bilingual physics class at a university in Shanghai, China. It examines how the instructor handles meaning and form of new English science vocabulary in concept-focused physics lectures and the strategies he used to integrate them. Analysis of classroom instructional discourse and interviews demonstrates that the instructor deliberately employed a variety of strategies to contextualize new terms and to increase comprehensibility of physics lectures. He built on students' prior knowledge of physics, language, and the everyday world. Results support the view that language instruction can be integrated into bilingual science classes at the university level and suggest a variety of strategies for doing so.
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Physics, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Interviews, Lecture Method, Listening Comprehension, Prior Learning, Course Content, Chinese, Classroom Communication, Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Grammar, Case Studies, College Freshmen, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: China (Shanghai)