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Language and Inclusion in Mainstream Classrooms

Dooley, Karen (2009) Language and Inclusion in Mainstream Classrooms. In Miller, Jennifer, Kostogriz, Alex, & Gearon, Margaret (Eds.) Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms : New Dilemmas for Teachers. Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK ; Buffalo, NY, pp. 75-91.

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Abstract

Understanding what the teacher says or what is written in texts used in class is a key to academic engagement. Yet, for students who are learning the medium of instruction as an additional language, understanding is often elusive. The study reported in this chapter looked at how African middle school students and parents, and educators in Australian schools, talked about problems of understanding, and responsibility for redressing these, at intensive language school and in transition to a mainstream Australian high school. In general, participants assumed students should signal confusion and teachers should resolve it. However, student talk of current and past anxiety about asking for help in class warrants attention. Challenges include: (1) the need to create receptive peer environments for asking questions; and (2) to recognise when it is inappropriate to rely on students signalling confusion.

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ID Code: 27665
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: African refugee students, middle school, academic engagement, ESL
ISBN: 9781847692160
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > LOTE ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) (130207)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Deposited On: 30 Oct 2009 12:56
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2013 14:08

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