Friday, June 24, 2011

Multi-lingual Classrooms in Writing

Question: How are teachers dealing with multi-lingual students in teaching writing?

Answer: “Interviews and survey responses from teachers do suggest, nonetheless, that many (if not most) teachers have a limited set of strategies for supporting multi-lingual students, whether through practices that explicitly incorporate their multiple languages or through English-medium practices that support language development.” 645.

Comment: Having multi-lingual students in classes can be viewed as a problem or as a resource in the teaching of writing. The question now is raised, how can teachers use multiple languages as a resource in the teaching of writing? RayS.

Title: “Enacting and Transforming Local Language Policies.” CM Tardy. College Composition and Communication (June 2011), 634-661.

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