Balancing Content and Language in Instruction: The Experience of Immersion Teachers; L. Cammarata(2007)

One of my favorite articles we have discussed so far.

The article interested me as it discussed bilingual pedagogy in immersion programs and also included  the experiences of immersion teachers . First of all it would be reasonable to define the term immersion. As far as I understood it`s a way of pedagogy when school subjects(a specific content) or half of them are taught in learners` second language.So the instruction in classroom is given in a second language.

What is the most important issue  in this kind of pedagogy is the ability  to balance content and language.  However this is not that easy  task and thus many teachers are struggling because of this issue. The study discussed in the article show that immersion teachers mainly feel themselves more as content teachers, they feel  alone , isolated, as  they don`t receive support of their  colleagues, the lack of needed materials and resources also hinder their work. Thus to help teachers it would be reasonable to develop and/ or revise course materials, provide with different kinds of trainings and mentoring programs, enhance collaboration  between colleagues, etc.

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