Bridging Discourses in the ESL Classroom: Students, Teachers and Researchers

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A&C Black, Aug 15, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 322 pages
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Bridging Discourses in the ESL Classroom examines the interactions between learners and teachers in the language classroom. It aims to identify patterns of discourse which enable second language development but also support the learning of curriculum knowledge. These patterns are bridging discourses' in that they combine the everyday language used by the student, with the specialised language of the academic register.

This book puts forward an innovative new theory of classroom discourse analysis, influenced by the work of Halliday and Vygotsky. It is recommended for academics and postgraduates researching applied linguistics and education.
 

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Contents

perspectives
13
Second language learning and teaching
43
Inside two classrooms
71
Teaching and learning in two classrooms
95
Parts Discourse contexts for second language development
121
teaching as mediation
173
affordances for learning
235
Glossary of systemic functional linguistic terms
275
References
301
Index
319
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Pauline Gibbons is Associate Professor in Language and Literacy at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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