Title

Language as a Tool in Diverse Forms of Learning

SMC Author

Elizabeth Montaño, Clifford Lee

Status

Faculty

School

Kalmanovitz School of Education

Department

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Publication Title

Linguistics and Education

Description/Abstract

In this manuscript we report on a curriculum design project in which we worked with students in an urban immigrant community to study their own language practices in different contexts. We gathered videotaped data of students in the classroom as well as videos they took of their language practices in other settings. We focus on one student's engagement in this project, and ask how he uses language as a communicative tool in two different activity settings: filling out a form at home with his father, and filling out a form at school. We illuminate variations in this boy's use of language as a communicative and meaning-making tool across these activity settings, finding that he drew on a broader set of communicative tools in interactions with his father at home, including multi-modal communicative strategies, than he did in a similar activity in school. We use these data to complexify discussions of continuities and discontinuities in everyday and school language practices. We conclude with suggestions for how schools can support students’ use of language as a tool for thinking and acting in diverse contexts.

Keywords

Continuities and discontinuities, Communicative repertoires of practice, Non-dominant youth, Social organization of learning

Scholarly

yes

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1016/j.linged.2012.09.001

Volume

23

Issue

4

First Page

373

Last Page

387

Disciplines

Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development

Original Citation

Faulstich Orellana, Marjorie, Martinez, Danny C., Lee, Clifford H. & Montaño, Elizabeth. (2012). Language as a Tool in Diverse Forms of Learning. Linguistics and Education, Vol. 23, Iss. 4, 373-387.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.linged.2012.09.001.

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