ERIC Number: EJ789248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
ESL Parents and Teachers: Towards Dialogue?
Gou, Yan; Mohan, Bernard
Language and Education, v22 n1 p17-33 2008
Conflict and miscommunication between English as a Second Language (ESL) parents and teachers has had a major impact on educational policy, but few empirical studies examine it as discourse. This study examines communication between ESL parents and high school ESL teachers in a "Parents' Night" (PN) event organised to increase understanding of the ESL programme. It examines an intercultural communication view and a "dialogue across differences" view, using a more comprehensive systemic functional linguistics view to describe the discourse of the event and locate it in its contexts. It explores explanations for a conflict that occurred, draws implications about the role of each view and considers prospects for the future development of ESL parent-teacher communication.
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Conflict, Educational Policy, English (Second Language), Secondary School Teachers, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Interpersonal Communication, Conflict Resolution, Discourse Analysis
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