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‘They don’t have that feeling’: the attribution of linguistic resources to multilingual students in a primary school

Bezemer, Jeff (2007) ‘They don’t have that feeling’: the attribution of linguistic resources to multilingual students in a primary school. Linguistics and Education, 18 (1). pp. 65-78. ISSN 0898-5898. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Additional Information: This article explores the attribution of linguistic resources to multilingual students and its pedagogic implications. It sheds new light on teachers’ 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 students in teachers’ retrospective accounts of those activities. The paper explores the discourses which have informed these patterns of attribution and asks if it is it feasible or indeed necessary for language teaching in multilingual contexts to make such attributions accurately.The article draws on an ethnographic case study of a Dutch primary school to show how mistakes in the construction of sentences made by multilingual students are attributed to a lack of their ‘feeling’ for the Dutch language. A critical review of the students’ mistakes puts the lack of such a ‘feeling’ for the language into perspective. Reviewed by the editor and two reviewers of the journal, which is an international, leading journal in the field of language and education.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Knowledge Lab
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 16:56
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:26
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