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Sinclair, Jeanne; Lau, Clarissa – Language and Education, 2018
It is common practice for K-12 schools to assess multilingual students' language proficiency to determine language support program placement. Because such programs can provide essential scaffolding, the policies guiding these assessments merit careful consideration. It is well accepted that quality assessments must be valid (representative of the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Student Placement
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Gorter, Durk; Cenoz, Jasone – Language and Education, 2017
In this article, we establish direct links between language policy on the one hand and assessment in multilingual contexts on the other hand. We illustrate the bi-directional relationship with the examples of the USA, Canada, and the Basque Country. That comparison is placed in the context of the changing views about the use of languages in…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Educational Policy, Language Planning, Correlation
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Bhatt, Ibrar; de Roock, Roberto; Adams, Jonathon – Language and Education, 2015
Literacy studies approaches have tended to adopt a position which enables ethnographic explorations of a wide range of "literacies". An important issue arising is the new challenge required for researchers to capture, manage, and analyse data that highlight the unique character of practices around texts in digital environments. Such…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Teaching Methods, Ethnography, Research Methodology
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Johnson, Eric J. – Language and Education, 2012
In 2000, voters in the US state of Arizona passed Proposition 203 "English for the Children," effectively abolishing bilingual education services in favor of a submersion approach termed Sheltered English Immersion. In this discussion, I use an ethnographic lens to highlight the logistical complexities involved in the negotiation of…
Descriptors: State Government, Voting, Barriers, Bilingual Education
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Waring, Hansun Zhang – Language and Education, 2012
Despite certain important critiques, much of the work on teacher questions has centered on the distinction between referential and display questions as well as their roles in creating more or less communicative classrooms. With some notable exceptions, few have delved into the specificity of how questions work in the details of classroom…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Role, Classroom Communication, English (Second Language)
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Gillen, Julia; Ferguson, Rebecca; Peachey, Anna; Twining, Peter – Language and Education, 2012
Over a 13-month period, the Schome Park Programme operated the first "closed" (i.e. protected) Teen Second Life project in Europe. The project organised diverse educational events that centred on use of a virtual world and an associated asynchronous forum and wiki. Students and staff together exploited the affordances of the environment…
Descriptors: Aquatic Sports, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Computer Mediated Communication
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Diniz de Figueiredo, Eduardo Henrique – Language and Education, 2011
The present study investigated how nonnative English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) working in K-12 schools in the United States perceive their identities in relation to the school environment and its norms, their coworkers and administrators and the students and their families. Specific attention was given to the teachers' concerns prior to arrival…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Multilingualism, Language Role, Educational Environment
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Haneda, Mari – Language and Education, 2009
Taking broadly sociocultural or sociolinguistic perspectives, the five contributions to this special issue investigate various aspects of the co-construction of knowledge, as this is manifested in K-16 classrooms in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. While the authors of these papers address different educational settings, student…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Sociocultural Patterns, Classroom Communication, Sociolinguistics
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Callender, Christine – Language and Education, 1995
Discusses new areas of investigation for causes of underachievement in black children, drawing on pertinent work in the United States, recent British research, and several personal accounts by black teachers. The article concludes by highlighting the role of black educators in multiethnic schools and points to their dual position in relation to…
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Blacks, Foreign Countries, Language Research