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ERIC Number: EJ925605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
Bilingual College Writers' Collaborative Writing of Word Problems
Esquinca, Alberto
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v22 n2 p150-167 Jun 2011
Numerous researchers have studied bilingual students' performance on word problems given that reading and writing these requires that they draw on linguistic and mathematical knowledge (Barwell, 2009a, 2009b). Some researchers have studied how bilinguals write word problems in the second language, but few have considered how bilinguals use their first language to construct meaning when writing problems in the second language. Drawing on notions of scaffolding (Vygotsky, 1978), intertextuality (Kamberelis & Bovino, 1999; Lemke, 1992;) and genre (Martin, 2009; Schleppegrell, 2004), the collaborative writing activity of two bilingual (Spanish/English) college students is analyzed. I show how these writers use multiple meaning-making resources, and traverse the continua of biliteracy (Hornberger & Skilton-Sylvester, 2000). Their uniquely bilingual behavior also includes the strategic use of translanguaging (Baker, 2003; Garcia, 2009)--discussing the text in the first language and writing it in the second language. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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