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1 Impact of Bilingualism in Science Final Year Project Presentation Marta Caruda M. de C. March 2008

2 Content: How to define bilingual? Survey: results & observations Solutions: - Pilot project Pilot project 2003Summary

3 Bilingual? Living in England, learning English and using one or more languages. Advanced Bilingual Learner Newly arrived to the country learner >10% have EN as additional language (source: Statistics of Education, 2003)

4 Bilinguals vs. monolinguals:

5 In which language do you dream?

6 Were you born in the U.K.?

7 Do you always understand the language of your Science teacher?

8 In which language do you read science books?

9 How confident do you feel about your English?

10 Very confident about their English:

11 Ok about their English:

12 Would you like to become a scientist in the future? Waste of time yes..because its interesting […] it will be hard work and I dont think that I am not that good in science [No,] because I want to be a barristar more Because you get a headhach You have to teach nought children Experiments are fun! Because it is dangeroes

13 Furthermore… English: 1 st language for 35% bil. pupils (but not spoken at home) Ofsteds report More Advanced Learners of English as an Additional language in schools and colleges (2003)

14 Pilot project: January Primary National Strategy (PNS) with Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) Unit within the DfES - Aim:increase the confidence and expertise of mainstream primary teachers in meeting the needs of advanced bilingual learners.

15 HOW? Opportunities for speaking & listening Use 1 st language Talk partners Pre-teaching

16 Effects of pilot project: Higher expectations More confident Ask more & expect to understand Use home language at school Be more on task & focused

17 Summary Ethnic heritage = underachievement = know different Promote Science: - motivating, demystifying - increasing CONFIDENCE

18 Acknowledgments Mr. Harrison and Dr. Smith St. Johns Primary School staff and students UAS


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