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Bridging Discourses in the ESL Classroom

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Bridges to Where?; Talking Across Disciplines; Researching the Classroom; Patterns and Themes in Classroom Talk; Teachers and Learners Constructing New Meanings; Teaching as Mediation; Discourse Contexts for Second Language Learning; Review of Implications; References.

About the Author

Pauline Gibbons teaches postgraduate courses in TESOL at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her publications include Learning to Leam in a Second Language, (1993, Heinemann), and Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning: teaching ESL children in the mainstream classroom.


"[This] detailed systematic investigation of real life classroom discourse offers great potential for teacher training purposes and also provides a valuable classroom-based research resource for anyone concerned with ESL learners' linguistic and academic growth." -Studies in Second Language Acquisition--Sanford Lakoff "Gibbons presents a compelling argument for teachers to be critically aware of their own language uses, as they enable collaborative dialogues with and amongst their students. For teachers, researchers and students in linguistics and education, this book is an invaluable resource." Barbara Lasserre, Lecturer, ELSSA

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