Learning English at School

Learning English at School PDF Author: Kelleen Toohey
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 9781853594816
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 164

Book Description
This text considers the application of sociocultural theory to understanding how minority language background children learn English in the context of their classrooms. Based on a longitudinal ethnography, it is suggested that understanding the pivotal role of social interaction in learning implies new perspectives both for SLA research and for effective instructional practice.

Learning English at School

Learning English at School PDF Author: Kelleen Toohey
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 9781853594816
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 164

Book Description
This text considers the application of sociocultural theory to understanding how minority language background children learn English in the context of their classrooms. Based on a longitudinal ethnography, it is suggested that understanding the pivotal role of social interaction in learning implies new perspectives both for SLA research and for effective instructional practice.

Ten Years of English Learning at School

Ten Years of English Learning at School PDF Author: Elsa Tragant
Publisher: Springer Nature
ISBN: 3031327594
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 268

Book Description
This book is based on a longitudinal study involving learners of English as a foreign language from their first year in primary education to their last year in compulsory secondary education. Some of the chapters report on the whole sample initially drawn from five primary schools and some are based on a sample of focal learners. These focal learners were followed in secondary school (grades 7 and 10). One of the main aims of the book is capturing change over time regarding the learners’ language perceptions and awareness, oral and written language development, learners’ attitudes and motivation, and their language learning trajectories. The longitudinal nature of the data also allows identification of internal and external factors on learners’ linguistic outcomes. The book draws on a wealth of data sources (self-reported data, classroom observations, institutional data, language tests and tasks), participants (learners, teachers, parents), several testing times and both qualitative and quantitative analyses. The book will be of interest to educators and scholars working on such areas as language pedagogy, language development and awareness as well as individual differences.

The Cambridge Guide to Learning English as a Second Language

The Cambridge Guide to Learning English as a Second Language PDF Author: Anne Burns
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108408419
Category : Foreign Language Study
Languages : en
Pages : 365

Book Description
Through its up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of current perspectives, this volume aims to expand understanding of what it means to learn English as a second or additional language. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book is organised into nine sections, with 36 chapters presenting a wide and diverse range of accounts of the learning of English. Four major themes which permeate the chapters are: Learning and learners; learning and language; learning and language development; and learning and learning contexts--back cover.

The Dynamics of English in Namibia

The Dynamics of English in Namibia PDF Author: Anne Schröder
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN: 9027259674
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 317

Book Description
The English language as spoken in Namibia has virtually been overlooked in most textbooks, handbooks, and surveys of varieties of English around the world, or else has only been mentioned in passing. However, this variety of English has recently attracted the attention of several researchers and the present volume brings together most scholars actively involved in the research on English in Namibia from various linguistic fields to present their current research. It covers a wide range of linguistic issues, such as empirical analyses on various levels of linguistic description and use, as well as the application of diverse methodologies, from questionnaire surveys, sociolinguistic interviews and focus group discussions, to corpus linguistics, linguistic landscaping, and digital ethnography. This book represents the first comprehensive collection of articles and in-depth discussions of this emerging variety of World Englishes.

Primary School English-Language Education in Asia

Primary School English-Language Education in Asia PDF Author: Bernard Spolsky
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136236589
Category : Education
Languages : en
Pages : 172

Book Description
In Asia, English is no longer a foreign language but a key resource for education, government, business and the general public. Whereas thirty years ago, British and American experts believed that the best way to improve the quality of English teaching was to cancel any programs below the secondary level, Asian nations as well as European are now introducing English in primary school. But there are major obstacles to overcome: the training of enough local teachers or the hiring of English speakers, the preparation of suitable teaching materials, the development of useful tests, and the design of workable curriculums. The chapters in this book, written by leading English-teaching professionals in seven Asian countries and originally delivered at the 2010 annual conference of Asia TEFL which took place in Hanoi, Vietnam, describe and analyze national policies and how they are implemented. The coverage is wide: China with its huge number of students learning English, Japan working to make the transition from elementary to secondary school seamless, Singapore continuing to use English as medium of instruction for its multilingual population, Korea developing English education policies to recognize the increased role of English alongside the national language, India building on its colonial past to make English an economic resource, Vietnam fitting English into a program of national rebuilding, and Taiwan spreading its English teaching outside the national capital. This is not a report of the views of outside experts, but of local experiences understood by local scholars of international standing. Policy makers, educators, researchers and scholars will be able to gain valuable insights from Asian experts.

English as an International Language in Asia: Implications for Language Education

English as an International Language in Asia: Implications for Language Education PDF Author: Andy Kirkpatrick
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400745788
Category : Education
Languages : en
Pages : 244

Book Description
Even as Anglophone power wanes in Asia, and China and India rise, the role of the English language in the region continues to develop. How are students in Asian nations such as Vietnam, Malaysia and China itself being taught English? This much-needed overview analyzes the differing language education policies of selected countries that also include Indonesia, Japan and Sri Lanka. Noting ASEAN’s adoption of English as its sole working language, it traces the influence of globalization on English language education in Asia: in many systems, it pushes local languages off the curriculum and is taught as a second language after the national one. Informed by a comprehensive review of current research and practice in English teaching in Asia, this volume considers the many different roles English is playing across the region, as well as offering an informed assessment of the prospects of English—and Chinese—being a universal language of communication.

Translingual Practice

Translingual Practice PDF Author: A. Suresh Canagarajah
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 041568398X
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 226

Book Description
Winner of the AAAL Book Award 2015 Winner of the Modern Language Association's Thirty-Third Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize Winner of the BAAL Book Prize 2014 Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations introduces a new way of looking at the use of English within a global context. Challenging traditional approaches in second language acquisition and English language teaching, this book incorporates recent advances in multilingual studies, sociolinguistics, and new literacy studies to articulate a new perspective on this area. Canagarajah argues that multilinguals merge their own languages and values into English, which opens up various negotiation strategies that help them decode other unique varieties of English and construct new norms. Incisive and groundbreaking, this will be essential reading for anyone interested in multilingualism, world Englishes and intercultural communication.

Rethinking Languages Education

Rethinking Languages Education PDF Author: Ruth Arber
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351608673
Category : Education
Languages : en
Pages : 236

Book Description
Rethinking Languages Education assembles innovative research from experts in the fields of sociocultural theory, applied linguistics and education. The contributors interrogate innovative and recent thinking and broach controversies about the theoretical and practical considerations that underpin the implementation of effective Languages pedagogy in twenty-first-century classrooms. Crucially, Rethinking Languages Education explores established understandings about language, culture and education to provide a more comprehensive and flexible understanding of Languages education that responds to local classrooms impacted by global and transnational change, and the politics of language, culture and identity. Rethinking Languages Education focuses on questions about ways that we can develop farsighted and successful Languages education for diverse students in globalised contexts. The response to these questions is multi-layered, and takes into account the complex interactions between policy, curriculum and practice, as well as their contention and implementation. In doing so, this book addresses and integrates innovative perspectives of contemporary theory and pedagogy for Languages, TESOL and EAL/D education. It includes diverse discussions around practice, and addresses issues of the dominance of prestige Languages programs for ‘minority’ and ‘heritage’ languages, as well as discussing controversies about the current provision of English and Languages programs around the world.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning PDF Author: Kylie Peppler
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483385205
Category : Education
Languages : en
Pages : 992

Book Description
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning documents what the best research has revealed about out-of-school learning: what facilitates or hampers it; where it takes place most effectively; how we can encourage it to develop talents and strengthen communities; and why it matters. Key features include: Approximately 260 articles organized A-to-Z in 2 volumes available in a choice of electronic or print formats. Signed articles, specially commissioned for this work and authored by key figures in the field, conclude with Cross References and Further Readings to guide students to the next step in a research journey. Reader’s Guide groups related articles within broad, thematic areas to make it easy for readers to spot additional relevant articles at a glance. Detailed Index, the Reader’s Guide, and Cross References combine for search-and-browse in the electronic version. Resource Guide points to classic books, journals, and web sites, including those of key associations.

English as a Language of Learning, Teaching and Inclusivity

English as a Language of Learning, Teaching and Inclusivity PDF Author: Liesel Hibbert
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1000916480
Category : Foreign Language Study
Languages : en
Pages : 189

Book Description
Hibbert explores South Africa’s higher education crisis utilising case studies and first-hand experiences with English as the language of instruction. The historical overview provides a framework with which to understand the complicated nature of using English as a language of instruction in South Africa, past and present. Student narratives are presented to illustrate mainly breakthroughs, but also challenges. An overview is provided, of imported English teaching methodologies and how they have emerged and developed in the local educational system over decades. It is demonstrated how these methodologies relate to socio-economic and political events and trends at each juncture. By applying defamiliarisation as a research method of investigation, students’ translanguaging struggles are recorded and discussed, both pre-pandemic and in the pandemic period. The experiences of non-monolingual English-speaking staff and students, and of local English/African language bilinguals is foregrounded, as they are by far the majority in South African higher education and schools. The relevance of the experiences and learning paths of those staff and students is enhanced. This book aids lecturers across disciplines and English language facilitators in the improvement of English acquisition curricula through exposure to arguments, case studies and learning path narratives in this volume, and prompts and inspires researchers to develop further theories and experiments in their own context.