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Constructing 'ability' through talk

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

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Published date: 2005
Additional Information: Report from NALDIC Conference 12. National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)
Keywords: ability, speaking and listening, pedagogy


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PURE UUID: 85a9af24-bf88-4032-b7af-e7e59a9f7e5e

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Date deposited: 04 Apr 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:49

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Author: Jill Bourne

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