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ERIC Number: EJ907478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8121
Developing Language Skills in Science Classrooms
Jimenez-Silva, Margarita; Gomez, Conrado Laborin
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v48 n1 p23-28 2011
Science teachers need specific strategies to develop writing skills along with science content. Fortunately, research has demonstrated that science-teaching methodology can accomplish both the teaching of science content and various language skills, including writing. A technique suitable for and utilized by science teachers is the "mode continuum" (Gibbons 2002). The mode continuum allows teachers to design science lessons that are situation-embedded, allowing students to use their oral language skills to discuss academic topics. This article explores the development of writing skills in the context of science using the mode continuum, a linguistic framework for planning the connection between science instruction and writing. Using specific research-based methodology, this article demonstrates the steps to advance students from speaking to writing in the science classroom. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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