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Toohey, Kelleen – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2007
This article explores definitions of reading comprehension, research on how reading comprehension is assessed, and issues in assessing the reading comprehension of English language learners (ELLs). By way of illustration, I present aspects of the literacy practices of an intermediate-grade ELL in a suburban school of the Lower Mainland of British…
Descriptors: Suburban Schools, Reading Comprehension, Written Language, Second Language Learning
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Toohey, Kelleen; Allen, Patrick – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
Discusses the functions of English and native languages in northern Ontario native communities and argues that native children's greatest need for English is in an anglophone classroom environment. Discusses three types of curriculum design and suggests ways to develop content area reading and writing curricula for Canada native children. (SED)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Canada Natives, Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing
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Toohey, Kelleen – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1984
A three-step process in designing a test to assess children's oral language proficiency in specific communicative areas is described and illustrated, and the utility of such tests for classroom teachers is discussed. (MSE)
Descriptors: Children, Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Language Proficiency
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Toohey, Kelleen – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1996
Examines a kindergarten in which half the students are learning English as a second language. This ethnographic study describes communities in which two newcomer children participate peripherally; the identities, social practices, and resources available to newcomers; and the organization of each community's social structure, its power relations,…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, English (Second Language), Ethnography, Foreign Countries
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Toohey, Kelleen; Waterstone, Bonnie; Jule-Lemke, Allyson – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2000
Examines classroom activities engaged in by more and less experienced Punjabi-Sikh Grade 1 speakers of English and discusses how relationship between those speakers are implicated in their speech activities. Three occasions in this classroom are examined: A common, teacher-directed interaction; an excerpt of children at play; and a playful…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language)
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Beynon, June; Toohey, Kelleen – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1991
Describes recent developments in heritage language education in British Columbia, Canada, discussing issues a heritage language advisory committee encountered in creating such policy, defining heritage language and the clientele for heritage language education, reviewing appropriate curricula, encouraging program development, and arranging…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, English, Foreign Countries, French