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Classroom interaction and language learning: English-language-learner vignettes

Clare Berry and Margaret Kitchen

This article uses three excerpts of paired and group talk to explore English-language development in a Year 1 classroom. It suggests that structuring effective language-learning opportunities requires more than organising group work. It affirms the teacher’s essential roles as reflective organiser and close monitor of language output and participative opportunities. In such settings students can learn so much from one another. Interpreting and reflecting on these interactive episodes enriches teachers’ understanding of their practice.

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