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ERIC Number: EJ1136493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Life Sciences to English Second Language Learners: What Do Teachers Do?
Ferreira, Johanna G.
South African Journal of Education, v31 n1 p102-113 2011
South Africa has eleven official languages and legally learners receive tuition in their mother tongue until the end of Grade 3. From then on teachers are required to teach through the medium of English or Afrikaans. The implication is that the majority of learners in the senior secondary school phase study Life Sciences in their second language, which is English. This has a major effect on the performance of learners in Life Sciences. A review was done of possible strategies teachers could use to assist English second language learners. Focus group interviews were held with Life Science teachers in an attempt to determine what the impact of teaching Life Sciences to English second language learners is and what teachers can do to assist English second language learners master concepts and terminology. The findings and recommendations of this research are reported here.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Language of Instruction, Biological Sciences, Teaching Methods, Focus Groups, Teacher Attitudes, Code Switching (Language), Logical Thinking, Qualitative Research, Secondary School Teachers, Interviews
Education Association of South Africa. University of Pretoria, Centre for the Study of Resilience, Level 3, Groenkloof Student Centre, Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, George Storrar Road and Lleyds Street, Pretoria 0001, South Africa. Tel: +27-12-420-5798; Fax: +27-12-420-5511; Web site: http://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za/index.php/saje/index
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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