Making “academic talk” explicit: Research directions for fostering classroom discourse skills in children from nonmainstream cultures

  • Anne x Anne van Kleeck
  • Amy Louise Schwarz
Keywords: preschool, classroom discourse, explicit instruction

Abstract

This article focuses on making “school talk,” or classroom discourse, more explicit on two levels. One level involves making explicit for teachers both the nature of school talk, and the reasons why many children may come to school unfamiliar with the school talk register. Providing teachers with this awareness enables them, in turn, to make school talk explicit for their students by directly explaining the rules for engaging in this type of discourse to them. As tools for enhancing teacher awareness, this article clearly distinguishes the school talk and everyday social talk registers and provides information regarding the cultural variation in children learning to use school talk at home. The shortcomings of previous implicit approaches to teaching school talk are examined, and ways to make the rules for engaging in this register explicit for children are suggested.

Published
04-10-2018
How to Cite
Anne van Kleeck, A. x, & Schwarz, A. (2018). Making “academic talk” explicit: Research directions for fostering classroom discourse skills in children from nonmainstream cultures. Swiss Journal of Educational Research, 33(1), 29-46. https://doi.org/10.24452/sjer.33.1.4848
Section
Thematic contribution