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ERIC Number: EJ905820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1949-3533
Unpacking the Language Purpose: Vocabulary, Structure, and Function
Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy
TESOL Journal, v1 n3 p315-337 Sep 2010
Although learning objectives are a hallmark of lesson planning, it is rare for these to be shared with learners, even though best practices suggest doing so. This article examines the practice of establishing purpose for English language learners as a means for developing conceptual schemas. Participants in this study were 332 southern California K-12 teachers who submitted 500 examples of the language purposes they used with students. The authors analyzed these surveys and identified the predominant language purpose forms as those that featured vocabulary, language structure, and language function demands. Implications and future lines of research are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California