By Tarun Patel
There are a number of ways of looking at language within specific content subjects. We can look at the subject-specific language itself which makes up much of the content curriculum of a subject-specific topic area like ‘cells and tissues’ in Biology. We can investigate the general academic discourse of the topic which interests us and see how it is used in class.
Lastly, we can examine the role of the non-academic language of the classroom. All of these perspectives make up the complete picture of the discourse of the language of a content subject. Knowing what language is used in these dimensions can help us plan for the development of this language both in the input and in the output of the content of the subject.
This presentation will present ways and means of identifying and organizing the language of content from these three perspectives.