Learning the language of school history: the role of linguistics in mapping the writing demands of the secondary school curriculum
Journal of Curriculum Studies 38 (4): 413--429 (August 2006)

This paper reports on a research study which used the tools of functional linguistics to illuminate the writing requirements of the history curriculum in the context of Australian secondary schools. It shows how the resulting linguistic description was integrated into a sequence of teaching and learning activities through collaboration between linguist specialists and content/pedagogic specialists. These activities were designed to facilitate students? writing skills whilst simultaneously developing their historical knowledge. An independent evaluation of the approach pointed to positive changes in teachers? attitudes and behaviours regarding the role of language in learning history. Equally, students? writing improved, particularly in terms of its organisation and structure.
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    @tallycat71 2 years ago
    Good for reflexive stance of the researcher, with the discussion of strengths, weaknesses and ' realities ' in practical terms both informative and thought-provoking. The discussion of linguistic function through examples of school essays written by pupils of different ages was very clear and Coffin's comments direct the reader very clearly to the points being underlined.
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