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Reclaiming recess: Learning the language of persuasion
Language Arts (2007)
  • Meg L. Gebhard, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Ruth Harman
  • Wendy Seger

Using a case study approach, the authors describe how a teacher used the tools of systemic functional linguistics (SFL) to teach her fifth grade English Language Learners how to use academic language to challenge school policies regarding recess. In reflecting on these data, we discuss the potential of SFL to support teachers in responding to current school reforms.

  • L2 literacy; English language learners; Teachers professional development; Critical discourse analysis; Genre-based pedagogy
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Meg L. Gebhard, Ruth Harman and Wendy Seger. "Reclaiming recess: Learning the language of persuasion" Language Arts Vol. 84 Iss. 5 (2007)
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