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Impact of Bilingualism in Science. Final Year Project Presentation Marta Caruda M. de C. March 2008. Content:. How to define “bilingual”? Survey: results & observations Solutions: - Pilot project 2003 Summary. Bilingual?. Living in England, learning English and

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impact of bilingualism in science

Impact of Bilingualism in Science

Final Year Project Presentation

Marta Caruda M. de C.

March 2008

content
Content:
  • How to define “bilingual”?
  • Survey: results & observations
  • Solutions:

- Pilot project 2003

  • Summary
bilingual
Bilingual?

Living in England, learning English and

using one or more languages.

  • “Advanced Bilingual Learner”
  • “Newly arrived to the country” learner

>10% have EN as additional language

(source: Statistics of Education, 2003)

would you like to become a scientist in the future
Would you like to become a scientist in the future?
  • “Waste of time”
  • “yes..because its interesting”
  • “[…] it will be hard work and I don’t think that I am not that good in science”
  • “[No,] because I want to be a barristar more”
  • “Because you get a headhach”
  • “You have to teach nought children”
  • “Experiments are fun!”
  • “Because it is dangeroes”
furthermore
Furthermore…
  • English: 1st language for 35% bil. pupils

(but not spoken at home)

  • Ofsted’s report More Advanced Learners of English as an Additional language in schools and colleges (2003)
pilot project january 2004
Pilot project:January 2004
  • Primary National Strategy (PNS) with Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) Unit within the DfES
  • Aim:“increase the confidence and expertise of mainstream primary teachers in meeting the needs of advanced bilingual learners.”
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HOW?
  • Opportunities for speaking & listening
  • Use 1st language
  • ‘Talk partners’
  • Pre-teaching
effects of pilot project
Effects of pilot project:
  • Higher expectations
  • More confident
  • Ask more & ‘expect to understand’
  • Use home language at school
  • Be more ‘on task’ & focused
summary
Summary
  • Ethnic heritage = underachievement
  • “ “ = know different
  • Promote Science:

- motivating, demystifying

- increasing CONFIDENCE

acknowledgments
Acknowledgments
  • Mr. Harrison and Dr. Smith
  • St. John’s Primary School staff and students
  • UAS
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