Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning Teaching Second Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom

ISBN-10: 0325003661

ISBN-13: 9780325003665

Edition: 2002

Authors: Pauline Gibbons, Jim Cummins

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How does a mainstream elementary classroom teacher with little or no specialized ESL training meet the challenge of teaching linguistically diverse students? Pauline Gibbons suggests how: integrate the teaching of English with the content areas of the regular curriculum. What's more, she shows how in this practical resource book. Gibbons begins with a strong theoretical underpinning for her practice, drawing on a functional model of language, sociocultural theories of learning, and current research on second-language development. After supporting her view that the regular curriculum offers the best language-learning environment for young ESL students, Gibbons demonstrates the ways in which content areas provide a context for the teaching of English, from speaking and listening to reading and writing. These in turn are treated not as discrete skills, but as ones that can also be integrated in the learning of diverse subjects. Gibbons illustrates this with a wide range of teaching and learning activities across the curriculum, supplemented with programming and assessment formats and checklists. Language learning is not a simple linear process, but involves the ongoing development of skills for a range of purposes. Gibbons sees this development as largely the result of the social contexts and interactions in which learning occurs. By focusing on the ways in which teachers can "scaffold" language and learning in the content areas, she takes a holistic approachone that appreciates the struggle of students learning a new language, while simultaneously developing subject knowledge in it, and the challenge for teachers to address these needs. Given today's culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, ESL students can no longer be thought of as a group apart from the mainstreamthey are . the mainstream. This book describes the ways to ensure that ESL learners become full members of the school community with the language and content skills they need for success.
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 2/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924

Pauline Gibbons taught postgraduate and undergraduate TESOL courses at the University of Technology, Sydney, for many years, and is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is also an independent EL consultant and her work with teachers has taken her to Hong Kong, Sweden, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China, South Africa, Marshall Islands, Iran, Germany, UK, and USA. She has published extensively in EL education, including Bridging Discourses in the ESL Classroom: students, teachers and researchers (Continuum, 2006), and two other Heinemann books: Learning to Learn in a Second Language (1993) and English Learners, Academic Literacy and Thinking: Learning in the Challenge Zone (2009).

Jim Cummins has a wealth of experience in second language learning and literacy development research and is Professor at University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Canada.Nancy H. Hornberger is Professor of Education and Director of Educational Linguistics at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hornberger's areas of specialization include language planning and policy; bilingualism, bilingual education and biliteracy; and the ethnography of communication.

Scaffolding Language and Learning Classroom Talk
Creating Contexts for Language Learning From Speaking to Writing in the Content Classroom Writing in a Second Language Across the Curriculum
An Integrated Approach Reading in a Second Language Listening
An Active and Thinking Process Learning Language, Learning Through Language, and Learning About Language
Developing an Integrated Curriculum Glossary of Teaching Activities
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