Language learning for at-risk students: Reviewing and repurposing the French immersion research

Guest contributor: Stephen Davis Stephen is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Second Language Education program at McGill University and a French immersion primary school teacher from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His research interests include the experiencesLanguage learning for at-risk students: Reviewing and repurposing the French immersion research of Allophone students and at-risk learners …

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Is off-task behaviour in the language classroom bad?

Guest contributor: Jihoon Kim Jihoon is a master's student in Second Language Education through McGill University's Department of Integrated Studies in Education. Jihoon's research interests include peer interaction in the language classroom. In North America, communicative approaches to language teaching prevail in most second language instructional settings. Go and check a second language textbook made …

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Overcoming the Monolingual Bias

In my last post (Translanguaging: Establishing Some Foundations), I highlighted the monolingual bias in language education and discussed the importance of being strategic in employing translanguaging strategies, including through having clear guidelines for when it is appropriate. However, I feel that I did not adequately address the question of why it is important to challenge the monolingual principle in …

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