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This research investigates language use in a youth basketball program of a neighborhood-based organization and compares it to features of classroom discourse. The central focus is on a key communicative event, the “coaches circle,” where significant verbal exchanges between children and adults occur. Coach-player interactions are also contextualized in the mentoring perspective of the program’s coaches council. Implications are drawn for extending the teacher-as-coach school-reform model based on considerations of language development and learning in this community sports setting.
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