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Dealing with Multilingualism in a Dutch Primary School. An Ethnographic Study of the Practice of Teaching Spelling to First and Second Language Learners.

Bezemer, Jeff (2003) Dealing with Multilingualism in a Dutch Primary School. An Ethnographic Study of the Practice of Teaching Spelling to First and Second Language Learners. In: Investigating Educational Policy through Ethnography. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 193-213. ISBN 0762310189

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Additional Information: This chapter explores the attribution of linguistic resources to multilingual students and its pedagogic implications. It sheds new light on teachers’ multifaceted practical knowledge about multilingualism by combining micro-ethnographic analysis of classroom interactions with teacher interviews. The major outcome of the analysis is the disjunction between linguistic resources implied in classroom activities and those attributed to the students in the teacher’s retrospective accounts of those activities. The chapter shows how mistakes in the spelling of words made by individual students are attributed to a lack of a certain ‘feeling’ for the language and are overgeneralized to account for all ‘foreign children’. A review of the students’ mistakes puts the lack of a feeling for ‘what it should sound like’ into perspective. The paper concludes with discussions on what discourses may have informed the observed patterns of attribution. Refereed by the editor of the book, which appeared as Volume 8 of the UK’s leading book series on ethnography in education.
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