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Edwards, Viv – TESOL in Context, 2015
In this paper, a series of vignettes is used to explore important current challenges in TESOL. These vignettes are drawn from many different settings, including Bengali-, Pahari- and Chinese-speaking children in UK primary schools, speakers of Aboriginal English in Australia and Chinese teachers of English on courses in Higher Education. A number…
Descriptors: Vignettes, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Sharma, Byanjana – TESOL in Context, 2014
Immigration is an example of global mobility to developed nations such as Australia. Each year thousands of migrants from different parts of the world move here. Using a sociocultural framework, this article reports on English as a Second Language (ESL) parents' views on the role and importance of English in the learning and lives of their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Parents, Parent Attitudes
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Creagh, Sue – TESOL in Context, 2014
Teachers are now experiencing the age of quantitative test-driven assessment, in which there is little weight accorded to teacher-based judgement about student progress. In the Australian context, the NAPLaN test has become a driving force in school and teacher accountability. The language of NAPLaN is one of bands and numerical scores and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Student Evaluation
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Cross, Russell – TESOL in Context, 2012
This paper aims to (re)engage ESL with the broader literacy debate, by calling for a better recognition of what literacy means for second language learners within contemporary Australian education systems, and acknowledging the specialist professional knowledge that ESL teachers bring to the mainstream. The literacy debate that has shaped so much…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Monolingualism, Educational Change, Specialists
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Coleman, Jackie – TESOL in Context, 2012
This article is derived from a small study conducted within a larger qualitative study into the nature of the responses of mainstream primary teachers in a non-metropolitan area in Australia to the Sudanese refugee English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classes. It reports on findings in relation to teachers' attitudes toward the use of their…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Second Language Learning, Monolingualism, Metropolitan Areas
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Kral, Inge – TESOL in Context, 2009
Public debate on literacy in remote Indigenous Australia emphasises a narrative of failure. The discussion commonly focuses on the low literacy and numeracy benchmarks achieved in remote Indigenous schools. Little attention has been paid to the short history of literacy in isolated Indigenous societies, the shift from oral to literate traditions…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Oral Tradition
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Oliver, Rhonda; Haig, Yvonne; Grote, Ellen – TESOL in Context, 2009
Australian schools have a long history of providing education to students from culturally and linguistically diverse background, including new arrivals who are still in the process of acquiring English as an additional language. Nonetheless, the cohort of refugee children and youth coming from Africa's troubled regions in the last few years poses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Refugees, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Differences