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Learning the language of school history: the role of linguistics in mapping the writing demands of the secondary school curriculum

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This study uses 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 linguists and content/pedagogic specialists. These activities were designed to improve students' writing skills while 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. Students' writing improved, particularly in terms of its organization and structure.

Keywords: functional linguistics; history induction; language research; writing (composition); writing across the curriculum

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 1, 2006

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