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ERIC Number: EJ1075069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
Language Alternation and Language Norm in Vocational Content and Language Integrated Learning
Kontio, Janne; Sylvén, Liss Kerstin
Language Learning Journal, v43 n3 p271-285 2015
The present article deals with language choice as communicative strategies in the language learning environment of an English-medium content and language integrated learning (CLIL) workshop at an auto mechanics class in a Swedish upper secondary school. The article presents the organisation and functions of language alternations (LAs) which are learner-initiated and teacher-impelled [Üstünel, E. and P. Seedhouse. 2005. "Why that, in that language, right now? Code-switching and pedagogical focus." "International Journal of Applied Linguistics" 15: 302-25]. The data are drawn from ethnography combined with audio and video recordings of learners in a beginner's level workshop and in an English as a foreign language classroom. A close analysis of languages chosen locally is combined with ethnographic knowledge of the broader social context of the alternations, and in both theory and method, the article combines the research fields of sociolinguistics and ethnography. The study demonstrates that LA in vocational CLIL classrooms is orderly, it is related to the evolution of communicative strategies and it is in accordance with and reproduces local language norms. Thus, English-medium education does not by definition mean that English is the only language employed. On the contrary, students play around with language and use different strategies, including the use of another language, to make themselves understood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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