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Teacher language awareness and scaffolded interaction in CLIL science classrooms


Daozhi, X and Harfitt, GJ, Teacher language awareness and scaffolded interaction in CLIL science classrooms, Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education, 7, (2) pp. 212-232. ISSN 2212-8433 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1075/jicb.18023.xu


Teacher language awareness (TLA) constitutes the teacherís self-reflective knowledge about the operation of language systems in pedagogical practices. This study focuses on teachersí understanding of learning of language and learning through language in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) contexts, exploring how teachers proceduralise their knowledge of language to facilitate science learning in Hong Kong. By analysing the reflective relationship between TLA and scaffolding strategies of two teachers (students n = 31; 32) during a set of lessons in a secondary school, this paper suggests that it is critical to re-orient the TLA focus from teachers to the act of learning and learnersí needs. This expanded conceptual framework of TLA sheds light on how to transform teachersí implicit knowledge of language into explicit awareness of scaffolding in class. The TLA-filtered, scaffolded interactions can therefore promote the use of language not merely for pedagogical purposes but also as a cognitive learning tool.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teacher language awareness, CLIL (content and language integrated learning), science classrooms, learnersí needs, scaffolding strategies
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Secondary education
UTAS Author:Daozhi, X (Dr Xu Daozhi)
ID Code:150664
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2022-06-24
Last Modified:2023-01-18
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