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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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HOW IS LANGUAGE USED AS A MEDIUM FOR CLASSROOM EDUCATION?

Neil Mercer

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This chapter is about language as a medium for education in school. Most of its content is about spoken language, with a discussion of some aspects of written language in the later part.

Classrooms generate some typical structures of language use, patterns that reflect the nature of teaching and learning as a social, communicative process which takes place in the distinctive institutional settings of school. Some features of classroom language, described below, have been found in classrooms across the world; and to some extent at least this reflects the fact that language has a similar function in schools the world over. There are also some local, regional ...

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