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Communicating metaknowledge to L2 learners: A fragile scaffold for participation in subject-related discourse?
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Culture, Languages and Media (KSM). Malmö University, Disciplinary literacy and inclusive teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2565-8875
2020 (English)In: L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature, ISSN 1567-6617, E-ISSN 1573-1731, Vol. 20, p. 1-23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I highlight how two teachers seek to scaffold second language learners’ use of language and engagement with texts in Grade 1 and 6. The aim is to explore the communication of metaknowledge in classroom discourse, more specifically, the communication of knowledge about language and metacogni-tive reading strategies. Two teachers participated in the study, and data were gathered through observa-tions, voice recordings, and the collection of teaching materials. Bernstein’s sociology of education is operationalized to reveal different aspects of framing during teaching activities in second language teaching and geography. Drawing upon systemic-functional linguistics, I show how metaknowledge was fore-grounded by the teacher in ways that sometimes de-emphasized the subject-related texts and concepts expected to be at the center of the teaching. An important empirical finding is that the foregrounding of metaknowledge such as features of the language and cognitive reading strategies in teaching can result in a pseudo-visible modality of pedagogy that provides insufficient scaffolding for dealing with subject-related texts and participating substantially in classroom discourse. Implications for teaching are discussed.

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International Association for Research in L1-Education , 2020. Vol. 20, p. 1-23
Keywords [en]
classroom discourse, disciplinary literacy, writing pedagogy, primary education, second-language instruction, sociology of education, reading strategies, classroom interaction, genre-based instruction
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Didactics Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-37639DOI: 10.17239/L1ESLL-2020.20.01.16ISI: 000616358100005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85099341012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-37639DiVA, id: diva2:1511246
Available from: 2020-12-18 Created: 2020-12-18 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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