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ERIC Number: EJ789244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0782
Learning an Additional Language through Dialogic Inquiry
Haneda, Mari; Wells, Gordon
Language and Education, v22 n2 p114-136 2008
It has been increasingly recognised that classroom discourse plays an important social role as a semiotic mediator of knowledge construction with respect to curriculum content. The assumption is that through active verbal engagement with a topic of interest, students are enabled to master the modes of language use associated with schooling--the various genres and registers specific to the different school subjects. In this conceptual position paper, we examine how appropriate these assumptions are in the case of school-aged English as additional language (EAL) learners who are learning English as the language of instruction. In the first part, we will make the case for the importance of dialogue in learning, both first and second languages and the need for an inquiry orientation to the curriculum in order to promote dialogic interaction. In the second part, drawing on examples from our research, we will present three instantiations of dialogic inquiry involving EAL learners in elementary and intermediate grades and discuss issues concerning dialogic inquiry and second language learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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