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What Did She Say? [microform] : Meaning in a Second Language Classroom / Sandra Weber and Claudette Tardif
Bib ID 5483743
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Weber, Sandra
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1987 
18 p. 

A two-year ethnographic study of kindergarteners' experiences in a French immersion classroom focused on the processes by which children find and construct meaning through classroom interaction and communication processes. Data were gathered through classroom observation and videotapes. The initially unilingual English-speaking students were observed frequently during their kindergarten year and intermittently in first grade. Individual and group sense-making strategies observed include: attending to meaning; negotiation of meaning; relying on translation or mediation of meaning; participation, modeling, and imitation; anticipating routine sequence and patterns of interaction; using the filter of past experience; comparing first and second languages; good guessing or approximation; random guessing; sizing up people and context; attending to paralinguistic features in communication; relying on the reciprocity of communication; attending to meaning-context or meaning structures of the situation; and asking questions. Other findings include: the interaction and overlapping of teacher-talk and student-talk is important; there was a scarcity of natural, child-initiated communication during teacher-directed activities; and the central process for kindergarten students appears to be adapting to the demands of school life, with language-learning a secondary process. (MSE)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987). Financial support of project provided by the Central Research Fund (SSHRC) of the University of Alberta.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Classroom Communication.  |  Classroom Environment.  |  Cognitive Processes.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  French.  |  Group Dynamics.  |  Immersion Programs.  |  Interaction.  |  Kindergarten.  |  Kindergarten Children.  |  Learning Strategies.  |  Learning Theories.  |  Primary Education.  |  Second Language Instruction.  |  Second Language Learning.  |  Semantics.  |  Canada
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Tardif, Claudette, author
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