Scaffolding Interaction

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I have chosen to write a critical evaluation of Forman’s (2008) article because the pedagogic focus is on lessons where English is being taught as a subject and being used as the medium of instruction and as well as the significance of using the students’ mother language (L1) in English as a foreign language lessons (Foreman, 2008: 320). The Forman (2008) article is positive about the use of L1 in teaching about the L2 language and the author notes that the ‘exclusive use of L2 may not be the most effective way of rendering meaning’ (Forman, 2008:324). Furthermore, he acknowledges that teachers’ feedback benefit from ‘drawing on knowledge of the broader Thai context’ (Forman, 2008:325). In addition, this research explores how scaffolding combined…show more content…
Priming refers to drilling and repetition of language, and is ‘the most directive and narrow kind of scaffold’ (Forman, 2008:323). Prompting is similar to the Initiation–Response–Feedback pattern in which the teacher initiates an exchange, students respond and the teacher offers feedback (Foreman, 2008:324). Dialoguing refers to teacher–student interaction where there is an exchange of information or opinion and where teachers pose open rather than closed questions (Forman, 2008:325), thus moving the teacher’s language from the declarative to the interrogative mode ( Forman,…show more content…
The students should learn more about social problems through both languages and by considering why writers chose different ways of expressing opinions, the students could learn how to use English in certain ways, thus improving their essays. This activity will use the concept of intertextuality, where students build on their previous experiences in reading texts, which should positively affect the way in which they encounter new texts (Forman, 2008, p. 321) means those students, could improve their writing by examining lexicogrammatical structures and patterns that occur in different types of texts in relation to social purpose (Mercer). This should enable students to learn more about social problems through language as well as helping them learn about language in how to develop their critical and analytical skills, and the linguistic conventions of expressing opinions as expected in this

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