Integrated content area units for ESL students in an Australian primary school

Dooley, Karen T., Hamlin, Michelle, King, Nicole, O'Brien, Therese, & Powell, Kerry (2006) Integrated content area units for ESL students in an Australian primary school. In Penny, McKay (Ed.) Planning and teaching creatively within a required curriculum for school-age learners. TESOL Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, pp. 125-147.


In this chapter we present two of the integrated content area units we have created for African refugee students in an Australian primary school. ‘Closing the achievement gap’ for these students is a formidable goal. To this end, we recognize the value of cognitively complex, grade appropriate content area instruction that makes available abundant opportunities for both communication with proficient English speakers and explicit instruction in academic genres. To be inclusive, such instruction needs to be differentiated to account for the particularity of student need, and strategies must be used to enable students to access content while learning the requisite English. These are some of the understandings we bring to our planning and teaching of multi-level integrated content area units like those we have shared in this chapter.

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ID Code: 5220
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (link above) or contact the author
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Keywords: middle schooling, integrated curriculum, African refugee students, English as a second language
ISBN: 1931185301
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 TESOL
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:18

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