Language Support for Emergent Bilinguals in English Mainstream Schools: An Observational Study

Chen, Yang Guang. 2009. Language Support for Emergent Bilinguals in English Mainstream Schools: An Observational Study. Language Culture and Curriculum, 22(1), pp. 57-70. ISSN 0790-8318 [Article]

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Four broad objectives are outlined which would ensure inclusivity and adequate support for emergent bilinguals in mainstream classes. Ideally, children should feel that their first language makes a contribution to the classroom, they should have frequent opportunities to interact with the teacher, and equally important, with their peers, and they should feel that the general objective of the classes is to make them bilingual and bicultural. In search of what might be considered good practice, the present article presents ‘snapshots’ of five teaching scenarios in mainstream schools with support for English as an additional language (EAL) in the UK, using observer field notes, pupils' diaries and interviews to describe the experiences of the pupils. While the study finds some approaches in the mainstream classroom to be problematic, and is sometimes critical of them even when they have EAL support, the examples of small group teaching that are presented suggest that strategies that provide focused support for new arrivals in a separate EAL class have their merit, and do not run counter to the principle of inclusion, although the ideal of inclusivity is a long way from being achieved.

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Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/07908310802696550

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
2009Published

Item ID:

12099

Date Deposited:

15 Jul 2015 11:58

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2017 12:24

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12099

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