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    Historical explanations as situated practice in content and language integrated learning

    Llinares, A. and Morton, Tom (2010) Historical explanations as situated practice in content and language integrated learning. Classroom Discourse 1 (1), pp. 46-65. ISSN 1946-3014.

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    This article examines secondary history content and language integrated learning (CLIL) students’ production of historical explanations in two discursive contexts: classroom discussions and individual interviews. Using data from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid CLIL corpus we combine a quantitative and qualitative methodology to examine the lexico‐grammatical resources and the interactional competences used in the construction of explanations in both contexts. This combined approach allows us to describe the use of academic speech functions in CLIL as a situated practice, and to explore the affordances and constraints of different participation frameworks for their production. The results show that explanation sequences were produced in different ways in the two contexts: in the interviews, CLIL students produced longer explanations and used a wider range of lexico‐grammatical features. The results of the qualitative analysis suggest that differences in interactional behaviour may account for these differences in language production. Overall, the study provides evidence that what CLIL learners can be said to ‘know’, both in terms of content and language, is strongly influenced by the situated practices in which such knowledge is produced.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2013 12:35
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:32


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