Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

Academic language socialisation in high school writing conferences

File Size Format  
Gilliland2014CMLR-langsoc.pdf 184.87 kB Adobe PDF View/Open

Item Summary

Title:Academic language socialisation in high school writing conferences
Authors:Gilliland, Betsy
Keywords:adolescent literacy
high school writing
English as a second language
Date Issued:Aug 2014
Publisher:University of Toronto Press
Citation:Gilliland, B. (2014). Academic language socialization in high school writing conferences. Canadian Modern Language Review/ La Revue canadienne des langues vivantes, 70(3), 303-330. doi:10.3138/cmlr.1753
Abstract:This study examines multilingual high school writers’ individual talk with their teachers in two advanced English language development classes to observe how such talk shapes linguistically diverse adolescents’ writing. Addressing adolescent writers’ language socialization through microethnographic discourse analysis, the author argues that teachers’ oral responses during writing conferences can either scaffold or deter students’ socialization into valued ways of using academic language for school writing. She suggests what forms of oral response provide scaffolding and what forms might limit multilingual adolescent learners’ academic literacy. Constructive interactions engaged students in dialogue about their writing, and students included content or phrasing from the interaction in their texts. Unhelpful interactions failed to foster students’ language development in observable ways. Although teachers attempted to scaffold ideas and language, they often did not guide students’ discovery of appropriate forms or points. These interactions represent restrictive academic language socialization: while some students did create academic texts, they learned little about academic language use.
Rights:Green Open Access
Twelve (12) months after publication of the version of record (i.e., the article after copyediting, tagging, typesetting, etc.), the author may deposit a copy of the accepted article in their institutional repository with a DOI or direct link to the version of record. Please let us know when the deposit is made so that we can update our records.
Journal:Canadian Modern Language Review
Appears in Collections: SLS Faculty & Researcher Works

Please email if you need this content in ADA-compliant format.

Items in ScholarSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.