Journal article

'Does a spider have fur?' A teacher's journey in building the confidence to blend the English language learning of ESL students with inquiry-based science

1 Dec 2012
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This paper describes one aspect of an ESL teacher’s journey, in which her voluntary involvement in a series of science-based professional learning events inspired her to use language-based objectives to develop and teach an integrated unit of work with ESL students. Her willingness to modify her usual pedagogical practice and the inspiration she derived from her students’ enthusiasm, engagement and progress in language acquisition, has markedly influenced the way this teacher now approaches teaching English as a second language. The findings of this case study suggest that learning activities which focus on pedagogical content knowledge (Shulman 1987), can provide ESL teachers with the confidence to plan and provide contentfocused curriculum that is both motivating and challenging for ESL students.

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2012
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