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Kiramba, Lydiah Kananu – Language and Education, 2018
Research in educational linguistics is now challenging the efficacy of monolingual approaches that often dominate educational practices in multilingual settings. In most African nations where multilingualism is the norm, there remains a persistent reluctance by educational stakeholders (principals, teachers, parents, and students) to embrace…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Multilingualism, Elementary School Students, Grade 4
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Wilkinson, Ian A. G.; Reznitskaya, Alina; Bourdage, Kristin; Oyler, Joseph; Glina, Monica; Drewry, Robert; Kim, Min-Young; Nelson, Kathryn – Language and Education, 2017
In this paper, we report findings from the second year of a three-year research and professional development program designed to help elementary school teachers engage in dialogic teaching to support the development of students' argument literacy. We define argument literacy as the ability to comprehend and formulate arguments through speaking,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Dialogs (Language), Video Technology
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Bailey, Elizabeth G.; Marsden, Emma – Language and Education, 2017
The use of home languages has previously been advocated in highly multilingual UK classrooms. However, drawing on the home languages and cultural insight of children who use English as an Additional Language (EAL) may also have important social and academic benefits in contexts where monolingualism is the norm. Conducted in a small local authority…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Multilingualism
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Holm, Lars – Language and Education, 2017
The aim of this article is to examine teachers' constructions of the literacy competence levels of multilingual students. The study is based on a Latour-inspired theoretical understanding of standardised literacy testing as a social practice, and focuses on teachers' perceptions of and practices concerning compulsory national standardised literacy…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Literacy Education, Standardized Tests, Elementary School Students
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Fielding, Ruth – Language and Education, 2016
Research involving the plurilingualism of young people has begun to focus upon how we must re-conceptualise language learning to acknowledge the language resources of children with plurilingual experiences. This is particularly important in countries like Australia with a traditionally monolingual mindset embedded in policy, education, and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Resources, Use Studies, Multilingualism
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Gardner, Sheena – Language and Education, 2016
Conducting research into young learner experiences of school poses methodological challenges which are compounded when, as is increasingly the case, the classroom interaction is multilingual and the research methods are participatory. Each new or adapted method sheds further light on the issues that can arise. Researcher-initiated role play is a…
Descriptors: Ethics, Researchers, Role Playing, Teaching Methods
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Akello, Dora Lucy; Timmerman, Greetje; Namusisi, Speranza – Language and Education, 2016
Uganda introduced the use of mother tongue as medium of instruction in primary schools in 2007. This was meant to promote interaction and participation in the learning process and improve children's proficiency in reading and writing. Drawing elements of interaction and participation from the socio-cultural theory, the child-centred pedagogy was…
Descriptors: Intervention, Literacy Education, Language Proficiency, Instructional Materials
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Rosiers, Kirsten; Willaert, Evita; Van Avermaet, Piet; Slembrouck, Stef – Language and Education, 2016
This study focuses on how teachers construe and give meaning to a pedagogical experiment in which the use of the home language in a primary school in Flanders was permitted in order to acknowledge the urban multilingual realities and resources of the pupils and to turn them into didactic capital (functional multilingual learning, FML). Using…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Multilingualism, Ethnography, Interviews
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Molyneux, Paul; Scull, Janet; Aliani, Renata – Language and Education, 2016
Provision for students learning English as an additional language (EAL) frequently overlooks the linguistic resources these children bring to the classroom. This is despite international research that highlights the facilitative links between support of the home language and the acquisition of new languages. This article reports on a longitudinal…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Academic Achievement
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Stephens, Crissa; Johnson, David Cassels – Language and Education, 2015
Many in the field of language policy have called for studies that connect policy texts at the macro level with their interpretations in districts, schools, and classrooms at the micro level. The purpose of this study is to trace Washington's educational language policy through the layers of interpretation to educational practice to see how the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, School Districts, Language Minorities, Teaching Methods
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Probyn, Margie – Language and Education, 2015
This paper reports on the classroom languaging practices of a group of science teachers in rural and township schools in South Africa where the majority of learners learn through the medium of English, despite the fact that it is the home language of only a small minority; and learners' poor English proficiency frequently restricts their access to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Code Switching (Language), Language Proficiency, Science Instruction
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Kerfoot, Caroline; Van Heerden, Michelle – Language and Education, 2015
Twenty years after democracy, the legacy of apartheid and hitherto unmet challenges of resourcing and teacher development are reflected in a severely inequitable and underperforming education system. This paper focuses on second language writing in the middle years of schooling when 80% of learners face a double challenge: to move from…
Descriptors: Language Styles, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Guidelines
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Toohey, Kelleen; Dagenais, Diane – Language and Education, 2015
In this paper, we present excerpts from ethnographic data collected when a diverse classroom of children, some of whom were multilingual and others monolingual in English, used iPads to make videos. We discuss the practices, social relations, objects and material conditions that emerged as the children engaged in this production, with special…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Ethnography, Teaching Methods, Creativity
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Shin, Dong-shin – Language and Education, 2014
This study explores a second-grade English language learner's literacy development and ability to use blogging for social and academic purposes, in the context of learning academic writing genres in a US urban school. Grounded in sociocultural theories, it conceptualizes learning as appropriation, and language as a dynamic and functional system of…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Literacy Education, Language Usage, Semiotics
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Thomas, Enlli Môn; Apolloni, Dafydd; Lewis, Gwyn – Language and Education, 2014
Previous studies have demonstrated how primary-school-aged children learning a minority language at school revert to the use of their dominant L1 in peer-peer situations, both within and outside the classroom. Identifying the cause of this pattern is central to language policy strategies and initiatives across many minority language regions, and…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Interviews, Elementary School Students, Welsh
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