Title

Science Classroom Interactions and Academic Language Use with English Learners

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-21-2017

Publication Title

International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education

First page number:

1

Last page number:

21

Abstract

Academic language is critical for English learners (ELs) to succeed in the science classroom. This study analyzed the instructional practices centered around academic language taking place in eight, fifth-grade classrooms during a grant-funded project. Observational data collected through a classroom observation instrument were analyzed to describe and compare the instructional practices occurring in treatment and control classrooms when teachers and students used academic language. Our findings show both treatment and control classrooms using academic language during the course of the intervention study, but the instruction looked markedly different in each setting. These differences provide valuable insight for practitioners and researchers concerned with the academic language development of ELs in science classrooms. © 2017 Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Keywords

Academic language; Classroom observation instrument; English learners; Instructional practice; Science education

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Educational Psychology | Science and Mathematics Education

Language

english

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