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ERIC Number: EJ804908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Lost in Translation: Negotiating Meaning in a Beginning ESOL Science Classroom
Luykx, Aurolyn; Lee, Okhee; Edwards, Una
Educational Policy, v22 n5 p640-674 2008
Language ideologies shape educational practices in ways that can either limit or expand students' engagement with academic content. This article examines science lessons with third and fourth grade English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students, focusing on (a) regular lessons, in which the monolingual teacher speaks English while a bilingual coteacher interprets, and (b) an atypical lesson without the coteacher, in which the teacher relies on a few, more English-proficient students to interpret for the others. Analysis of classroom discourse suggests an underlying ideology that views languages as neutral, semantically equivalent vehicles for science concepts that are themselves viewed as independent of language and context. This ideology must be critically examined if educational policy and practice are to productively engage the interpretive work demanded of ESOL students in science classrooms. (Contains 3 excerpts and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4
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Language: English
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