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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? teacher?

  • “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… teacher?

  • 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: teacher?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? teacher?

  • Opportunities for speaking & listening

  • Use 1st language

  • ‘Talk partners’

  • Pre-teaching


Effects of pilot project
Effects of pilot project: teacher?

  • Higher expectations

  • More confident

  • Ask more & ‘expect to understand’

  • Use home language at school

  • Be more ‘on task’ & focused


Summary
Summary teacher?

  • Ethnic heritage = underachievement

  • “ “ = know different

  • Promote Science:

    - motivating, demystifying

    - increasing CONFIDENCE


Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments teacher?

  • Mr. Harrison and Dr. Smith

  • St. John’s Primary School staff and students

  • UAS