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Gleeson, Margaret; Davison, Chris – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2019
Thirty years ago Australian researchers led the development of language and content integration in schools, advocating systematic teaching of language across the curriculum to meet the needs of English as an additional language (EAL) students. However, despite significant improvements in initial teacher education, targeted professional development…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development
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Gleeson, Margaret; Davison, Chris – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2016
Secondary schools in Australia have long benefited from state policies aiming to increase the academic success of English language learners (ELLs). Complementary pre-service and in-service teacher education programmes have been implemented to raise the expertise of subject teachers who teach ELL students. However, subject teachers may not be…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Professional Development
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Alonzo, Dennis; Mirriahi, Negin; Davison, Chris – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2019
The use of standards-based assessment (SBA) has gained prominence in higher education due to a wide range of research evidence that supports its effectiveness in improving learning and teaching. Although the concept is widely used in academic discourse and practice, it has multiple interpretations which have led to diverse assessment practices to…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Student Evaluation, College Students, Higher Education
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Davison, Chris; Michell, Michael – TESOL in Context, 2014
Assessing English as a second or an additional language (ESL/ EAL) learners in schools is a particularly challenging area for most teachers. With so many students requiring systematic and regular EAL support, all teachers need access to appropriate and useful assessment tools and advice, but most assessment systems are imposed on teachers, rather…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Gan, Zhengdong; Oon, Emily Pey Tee; Davison, Chris – Language Testing in Asia, 2017
Background: The English language school-based assessment (SBA) component of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination is innovative in that the assessment tasks involve assessing English oral language skills in a high-stakes context but they are designed and implemented in the ESL classroom by school teachers in light of a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Oral Language
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Davison, Chris; Leung, Constant – TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, 2009
Teacher-based assessment (TBA) is increasingly being promoted in educational policies internationally, with English language teachers being called on to plan and/or implement appropriate assessment procedures to monitor and evaluate student progress in their own classrooms. However, there has been a lack of theorization of TBA in the English…
Descriptors: Psychometrics, English (Second Language), Educational Policy, Language Teachers
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Davison, Chris – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2007
The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) has recently moved from norm-referenced to standards-referenced assessment, including the incorporation of a substantial school-based summative oral assessment component into the compulsory English language subject in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE). Starting in…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Oral English
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Davison, Chris – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2006
Partnership and the integration of language and content teaching in English-medium schools have long been active areas of research and inquiry in applied linguistics and TESOL. However, most researchers have tended to focus on methods and techniques to use in the classroom or on the analysis of the linguistic demands of the content areas. Much…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Collaboration
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Gan, Zhengdong; Davison, Chris; Hamp-Lyons, Liz – Applied Linguistics, 2009
This study examines the production of topical talk in peer collaborative negotiation in an interactive assessment innovation context. The ability to stay on topic, to move from topic to topic and to introduce new topics appropriately is at the core of communicative competence. Applying conversation analysis (CA), we describe and analyze how one…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Peer Relationship, Discourse Analysis, Educational Opportunities
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Davison, Chris – Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, 2005
Subject English is a central feature of state-mandated curriculum in English-speaking contexts and a high-stakes barrier to be negotiated for successful graduation from secondary school, irrespective of language and cultural background. In an increasingly globalized world, subject English is also being reconstituted in new and unfamiliar contexts,…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Secondary Schools, Foreign Countries
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Davison, Chris – Language Testing, 2004
A growing concern in teacher-based assessment, particularly in assessing English language development in high-stakes contexts, is our inadequate understanding of the means by which teachers make assessment decisions. This article adopts a sociocultural approach to report on the background and findings of a comparative study of ESL teachers'…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Language Acquisition
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Davison, Chris – Prospect, 1996
Argues that the definition of literacy given in the "Australian Language and Literacy Policy" (1991) has multiple and sometimes conflicting meanings for the teaching of English as a Second Language and adult literacy fields. Article suggests that it is appropriate to explore these different perspectives as a means of achieving progress…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, English (Second Language), Language Planning, Literacy Education
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Davison, Chris – Prospect, 1999
Drawing on research conducted in Victorian schools in Australia, this article highlights the kinds of achievements that can be made by English-as-a-Second-Language learners that will not be recognized by the benchmarking of ESL students. Discusses the impact that policy decisions can have on individual students. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on ESL…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Benchmarking, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language)
Davison, Chris – Multicultural Teaching to Combat Racism in School and Community, 1993
Describes the movement toward integrating the instruction of English as a Second Language (ESL) into mainstream education in Australia. Challenges of mainstreaming for teachers, students, and policymakers are described. ESL learners must have a carefully integrated program of language-conscious teaching and content-based language instruction. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education
Mohan, Bernard, Ed.; Leung, Constant, Ed.; Davison, Chris, Ed. – 2001
This book analyzes the system-wide provision of English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) services in Australia, Canada, and England suggests that a truly responsive educational vision is lacking. They find government policies to be inadequate; educational practices for ESL students to be either underdeveloped or poorly coordinated with practices for…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Language Attitudes, Language Planning
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