Constructing 'ability' through talk

Bourne, Jill (2005) Constructing 'ability' through talk. NALDIC Quarterly, 2, (3), 1-7.


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Speaking and listening are often presented as individualised skills or competences, a perspective emphasised by current assessment regimes. This paper , in contrast, focuses on speaking and listening as a social and collective practice rather than a neutral skill, looking at learning as socially situated rather than an individualised developmental process. It examines the way in which notions of differential abiity are constructed through talk in a 'mixed ability' classroom, showing how school English is produced differently for different groups of students. The paper concludes by offering a framework for considering classroom teaching approaches which might help to ensure that those pupils least engaged by the curriculum are not corralled into the most impoverished forms of learning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Report from NALDIC Conference 12. National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)
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Keywords: ability, speaking and listening, pedagogy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 15337
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Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:29

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