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The challenge of mixed-ability classes: How should upper secondary English teachers work in order to help the weaker students?
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Disciplinary Research.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to find out how upper secondary English teachers should work in order to reach the weaker students. I am interested in what has been written about mixed-ability classes, the challenges they present and most of all how teachers of English need to work in such classes to reach all students, especially the weaker ones.

I have also interviewed three upper secondary teachers about how they work to reach the weaker students in their classes.

My findings are that, according to the teachers interviewed, the best way to deal with the problem is to bring back ability grouping. The literature I read mostly had negative views on this method and stressed the importance of differentiation and motivation instead. Both the literature and the teachers claimed that a good atmosphere, clear instructions, structure and setting routines were the most important factors when working with mixed ability classes.

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2007.
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Mixed-Ability, multilevel ESL classes, L2 learners, differentiated classroom, teaching strategies.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-693OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-693DiVA: diva2:4422
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