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ERIC Number: EJ920704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Second Language Literacy: Putting High Needs ESL Learners in the Frame
Miller, Jenny; Windle, Joel
English in Australia, v45 n3 p31-40 Dec 2010
This article provides a critical review of popular models for literacy pedagogy with regard for the needs of low-literacy refugee-background students. We argue that in a context of high linguistic diversity there is a need to re-evaluate teaching practices and curriculum in a way that is more responsive to difference and which pays closer attention to insights from second language acquisition research. The first part of the paper presents the distinctive needs of a cohort of high needs ESL learners in Australia, and the second examines the potential and limits of a number of literacy teaching frameworks. Our conclusion is that if the needs of high needs ESL learners are to be adequately met by all teachers of literacy then a greater emphasis needs to be placed in these frameworks on second language processes and teaching practices. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia