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Title: “In English not in Maltese!” : the bilingual language use of a student teacher teaching English in Maltese primary schools
Authors: Milton, Josephine
Keywords: Education, Primary -- Malta
Elementary school teachers -- Malta
Education, Bilingual -- Malta
Student teachers -- Malta
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Milton, J. (2016). “In English not in Maltese!”: the bilingual language use of a student teacher teaching English in Maltese primary schools. Malta Review for Educational Research, 10(2), 181-199.
Abstract: In this paper I present data pertaining to the bilingual language use of a student teacher during English lessons in Maltese primary school classes. The case study was undertaken as part of a larger study, however, for the purpose of this paper I will focus only on one student teacher and a selection of her experiences. The impetus for the study came about because I was interested in finding out how English and Maltese, as the official languages of Malta, were used by student teachers while teaching primary school pupils. Classroom observations during the professional practice placement were held to find out whether Maltese, as the L1, was drawn on during English lessons. I also held interviews with the participant to obtain feedback as to when and why the first language was used during the lessons. In the primary school classrooms observed, Maltese was drawn on mainly to ensure understanding and learning, for procedural issues, to address classroom management issues and to establish a friendly atmosphere during English lessons. Both languages were used to mediate learning and to negotiate meaning and understanding.
ISSN: 17269725
Appears in Collections:MRER, Volume 10, Issue 2
MRER, Volume 10, Issue 2
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