ERIC Number: EJ705503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-1
Facilitating Second Language Acquisition in Elementary and Secondary Physical Education Classes
Bell, Nancy D.; Lorenzi, David
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v75 n6 p46 Aug 2004
While a great deal of information exists to help physical education teachers respond to the increasing cultural diversity in United States schools, these teachers have received little help regarding how to cope with linguistic diversity. It is the responsibility of all teachers not only to ensure that students who are English-language learners (ELLs) have access to classroom content, but to facilitate second-language acquisition for those students. This article explains how physical education classes can promote second-language acquisition. The authors begin with an overview of how second-language learning occurs. This is followed by concrete ideas for activities that can be used to incorporate language learning into the physical education class.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Second Language Learning, Student Diversity, English (Second Language), Language Skills, Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Responsibility, Class Activities, Limited English Speaking, Multicultural Education
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193, ext. 493 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States