Teaching Language in Context

Second Edition

Beverly Derewianka, Pauline Jones

Teaching Language in Context

Second Edition

Beverly Derewianka, Pauline Jones

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9780190303686

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Paperback

Published:

26 Oct 2016

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Description

Language is at the heart of the learning process. We learn through language. Our knowledge about the world is constructed in language—the worlds of home and the community, the worlds of school subjects, the worlds of literature, the worlds of the workplace, and so on. It is through language that we interact with others and build our identities. Teachers’ explanations, classroom discussions, assessment of student achievement, and students’ understanding, composition, and evaluation of texts are all mediated through language. In this book, we will be exploring how an explicit understanding of how language works enables students to make informed choices in their use and understanding of texts.

As educators, our job is to make sure that all students have a good command of the language needed to succeed in school and beyond. In order to do this, teachers need to know about language and how it works. This book is intended as an introduction to the language that students encounter in the various curriculum areas as they move through the years of schooling, and it will enable teachers to:

  • plan units of work that are sensitive to the language demands placed on students
  • design activities with a language focus
  • select texts for reading at an appropriate level
  • analyse texts to identify relevant language and visual features
  • create teaching materials that integrate an awareness of language
  • help students to access meanings created through a variety of media (written, spoken, visual, multimodal)
  • provide explicit support in developing students’ writing and composing
  • assess students’ written work
  • extend students’ ability to articulate what they are learning.
New to this Edition
  • Substantial revision and extension of all chapters.
  • New Chapter 10 addressing inquiry genres and mixed genres.
  • Section on the language challenges of middle and senior secondary.
  • Additional activities.
  • Language development from the early years through to late secondary.
  • Increased emphasis on the multimodal nature of contemporary texts.
  • Improved text design and visuals now in full colour.

Contents

PART 1 LANGUAGE AND LEARNING
Chapter 1: An Appropriate Model of Language
Introduction
Language in context
Register
Genre
Register and genre in practice
Chapter 2: The Functions of Language
Introduction
Using language to express and develop ideas
Using language to interact with others
Using language to shape texts
A functional model
Language development in early childhood
Language development in later childhood
Language development in adolescence
The register continuum
Chapter 3: Introduction to a Teaching Learning Cycle 
Introduction
The teaching learning cycle 
The teaching learning cycle in further detail
The teaching learning cycle in a Year 4 classroom
PART 2 LEARNING ABOUT LANGUAGE
Chapter 4: Language for Appreciating and Creating Story Worlds 
Introduction
How narratives unfold
Narratives for young children
Narratives for older children
Images in narrative
Narratives for young adolescents
Developing control over narratives
What are the major language resources for narratives?
Focus on field
What’s happening?
Who or what is involved?
When? Where? How? Why?
Field and narratives: strategies for teaching and assessing
Chapter 5: Language for Recounting What Happened 
Introduction
Recounts of personal experience
Factual recounts
Autobiographies
Biographies
Historical recounts
Historical accounts
Literary recounts
Developing control over recounts
What are the major language resources for recounting?
Focus on mode: from spoken to written
Cohesion
Focus on mode: strategies for teaching and assessing
Chapter 6: Language for Observing and Describing the World
Introduction
Texts that observe and describe
Developing control over reports
What are the major language resources for observing and describing?
Focus on field: linking information
Focus on multimodal meanings: image and language
Visual representation
Multimodal meanings: strategies for teaching and assessing
Chapter 7: Language for Explaining How and Why 
Introduction
Sequential explanations
Causal explanations
Cyclical explanations
System explanations
Factorial explanations
Consequential explanations
Combination: causes and effects
Developing control of explanations
What are the major language resources for explaining?
Focus on field: combining ideas
Focus on field: strategies for teaching and assessing
Chapter 8: Language for Persuading Others 
Introduction
Genres for arguing
Developing control over arguments
What are the major language resources for arguing?
Focus on the interpersonal: strategies for teaching and assessing
Creating coherent and logical texts: developing control of mode-related meanings
Focus on text organisation: strategies for teaching and assessing
Chapter 9: Language for Responding 
Introduction
Genres for responding
Developing control of response genres
What are the major language resources for responding?
Focus on appraisal: strategies for teaching and assessing
Organising information: text, paragraph, and sentence
Focus on text and paragraph openers: strategies for teaching and assessing
Chapter 10: Language for Inquiring 
Introduction
Fair test
Lab report
Investigation report
Design portfolio
Problem-solving report
Developing control of inquiry genres
What are the major language resources for inquiring?
Focus on density and abstraction
Focus on density and abstraction: strategies for teaching and assessment
Appendix 1: A Functional Model of Language 
Appendix 2: Genre and Register
Appendix 3: Glossary 
Appendix 4: Further Reading 
Index

Authors

Beverly Derewianka, Professorial Fellow, School of Education, University of Wollongong
Pauline Jones, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Wollongong

Lecturer Resources

The following resources are available for lecturers using Teaching Language in Context second edition:

  • Imagebank
  • Testbank
  • Have a go!
  • Classroom activities

Sample Pages

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Chapter 1: An Appropriate Model of Language