Approaches to Teaching Linguistic Minority Students provides an invaluable and accessible resource for working with EAL students. It brings together the international experiences and expertise of a team of distinguished language educators who explore a range of teaching approaches and provide professionally-grounded practical advice. The chapters cover themes, references and pedagogic concerns common to teachers across the globe. This book will be of use to individual teachers who want to extend their knowledge and practice, and also as a set text for professional development programs.
Chapter 5: Teaching Approaches in Two-Teacher Classrooms
Teaching Approaches in Two-Teacher Classrooms
In a presentation at the recent National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) annual conference, the keynote speaker, Pauline Gibbons, made an argument for looking at the kinds of environments that enhance learning. According to Gibbons, it's important to establish ‘high challenge/high support classrooms which offer environments to intellectually challenge children or learners to do more than just reproduce the knowledge that other people have constructed’ (2009: 5). She explicitly argues against ‘simplifying’ because such practices restrict what is available to be learned.
In her talk Gibbons gave examples of intellectually challenging approaches that occurred in a ‘team-taught’ classroom in which a science teacher and a specialist EAL teacher collaborated. Gibbons describes scaffolding as a ...