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Title: Bridging Discourses in the ESL Classroom: Students, Teachers, and Researchers. Pauline Gibbons. New York: Continuum, 2006. Pp. 256. $60.00 paper.
Author: Jingjing Qin
Institution: Northern Arizona University
Linguistic Field: Not Applicable
Abstract: In English-speaking countries with large numbers of immigrants, like the United States and Australia, children from non-English-speaking families are very likely to encounter difficulties in learning English and content knowledge simultaneously. In particular, one of the greatest challenges for English as a second language (ESL) children lies in their tendency to use everyday language (i.e., language acquired in informal situations, such as playing) in academic settings. Gibbons' work presents a research project that examines real-life content-based classroom interactions in which ESL children's English and content knowledge learning are facilitated. It makes an invaluable contribution to the effort to help ESL learners make a successful transition from everyday informal language to specialized academic registers.


This article appears IN Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 30, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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