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Keeping up with the High-Ability Students: Teachers’ Perspectives on Helping High-Ability Students in Mixed-Ability English Classes
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper aimed to investigate how English teachers in junior high school help and motivate high-ability students to develop their potentials in mixed-ability English classrooms. Five junior high school English teachers from two different schools in Southern Sweden participated in this study. The method used to carry out the investigation was qualitative, with in–depth, semi-structured interviews. Results showed that the participants found that it was difficult to focus their attention on high-ability students in a mixed-ability setting. However, the participants have been positive to have high-ability students in a classroom because they serve as good role models to inspire their classmates. In addition, it was found that teachers prepare various materials with different levels of difficulty to suit to the differing needs of their students. Although the term differentiated instruction was not used by the participants of the study, it was, in fact, the approach they used to motivate their students. It is not possible to recommend best practices for dealing with high-ability students because what works with one student does not automatically work with other students. Furthermore, teachers reported that many high-ability students do not want to have differentiated instruction. This appears to be one of the hindrances to helping high-ability students develop their potentials.

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2017. , p. 29
Keywords [en]
English language teaching, mixed-ability, high-ability, differentiated instruction
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61200DiVA, id: diva2:1080340
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English
Educational program
Supplementary educational programme, 90 credits
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2017-01-30, F3059_V, Växjö, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-03-14 Created: 2017-03-09 Last updated: 2017-03-14Bibliographically approved

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