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ERIC Number: EJ1128433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
"Let's Think about It Together:" How Teachers Differentiate Discourse to Mediate Collaboration among Linguistically Diverse Students
Martin-Beltrán, Melinda; Guzman, Natalia L.; Chen, Pei-Jie Jenny
Language Awareness, v26 n1 p41-58 2017
As linguistic diversity is increasing in schools worldwide, research is needed to examine how to modify teaching and learning contexts in response to emerging multilingual students' different needs. Grounded in sociocultural theory, this study examined how teachers used discourse differently to respond to diverse students' needs as they participated in a language programme that brought together multicompetent language users, Spanish-expert students learning English, and English-expert students learning Spanish in secondary school. Analysing transcripts of student and teacher interactions, we identified discursive patterns that teachers used to mediate multilingual language-learning opportunities, to raise language awareness, and to cultivate a collective zone of proximal development in a linguistically diverse context. Findings shed light on the ways that teachers use languaging and translanguaging as mediational tools to gauge and respond to students' needs, while drawing upon students' funds of knowledge to deepen multilingual and multidirectional language-learning opportunities. Our findings have implications for how educators can differentiate their discourse/instruction to support students' multilingualism and ultimately increase language-learning opportunities among linguistically diverse students.
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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: District of Columbia
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