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One was to employ a dynamic assessment strategy and observe children's response to structured coaching and teaching. This appears to have considerable potential for work with bilingual children, but many serious technical problems remain (Hamers et al, 1993). Another solution was to employ different norms for children from each ethnic and linguistic community (Mercer, 1979). There are many problems with this approach in the USA and in any case it is difficult to envisage how such an approach could be applied to the even more diverse linguistic and cultural communities of British cities.

The assumptions embodied, about previous experiences at home and in the community, are reflected in the standard monolingual curriculum as well as in tests. 1 It is also important to examine carefully the variety of procedures which can be used to directly assess student performance within the course content. These may range from approaches based on informal observation within the classroom to those based on highly structured, individually administered tasks to probe acquisition of taught material.

They describe the distinctive ways in which they have found Cummins' framework useful in their particular contexts. The section opens with a challenging discussion by Constant Leung of processes of teaching and learning in the mainstream classroom. He takes the argument of the book forward with a more detailed analysis of the concepts of contextual support and cognitive demand that are central to Cummins' theoretical framework. He cautions against a naive reliance on context-embedding as the exclusive route to effective learning.

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