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Socialization through teacher talk in an English bilingual class

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Author(s): Blerta Xheko

Journal: Social and Natural Sciences Journal
ISSN 1804-4158

Volume: 4;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Socialization | Social practices | Teacher talk | Bilingual teaching

ABSTRACT
This paper analyses the language practices of a teacher inan English bilingual class. The children were learningEnglish in Year One of elementary school. The teacherconsistently spoke English with the children. The descriptionof the teacher's talk shows how she used English forclassroom management, for instructions, for teachingsubject content and for personal exchanges. The analysisreveals the significance of ongoing classroom activities forlanguage learning. English was spoken in contexts familiarto students and consistent with and coherent with schoolpractices. Students heard and observed English as part ofnormal classroom activities. English was embedded in thesocial practices of classroom encounters. The paperproposes that children's experiences of classroom talksocialize them into the discourses of classroom activitiesand of school subjects. The children learnt English throughobservation and participation. This was a process ofapprenticeship into using English for making meaning insocial practices. From this perspective, the children werelearning to mean in English through their participation in thesocial practices of the class.
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