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Academic Language Academic Language
Academic language is more formal and complex language that is used in academic settings. This language also tends to be more abstract, less contextualized, and more nuanced than the language used in social settings. Academic language is broken down into several dimensions: word, sentence, discourse, and sociocultural context.
If Multilingual Learners (MLs) are going to effectively engage with complex, grade-level texts and complete standards-based content tasks, they need to develop understanding of the academic language in each dimension necessary for these tasks. By teaching academic language, MLs gain access to the language of power and open doors to post-secondary opportunities.
In order to teach academic language, you must be able to identify the language demands of the text and tasks MLs will be engaging with in the unit or lesson. SupportEd provides various solutions and practical tools to help build your understanding of strategies to support your MLs’ English language development. For a more detailed understanding of scaffolding for MLs, check out chapters 5 and 6 of Unlocking English Learners’ Potential.
Academic Language Awareness Checklist
Academic Language Scaffolding Checklist by ELP level
Unlocking English Learners’ Potential Unlocking English Learners’ Potential
Summary Content teachers and ESOL teachers, take special note: if you’re looking for a single resource to help your English learners meet the same challenging content standards as their English-proficient peers, your search is complete.
Self-Paced Learning Self-Paced Learning
Strategies for Building ELs’ Academic Language Strategies for Building ELs’ Academic Language
In this interactive, self-paced course, you will explore research-based practices for supporting ELs as they acquire both language and content knowledge. Course facilitators from the SupportEd team will collaborate with you as you learn strategies for promoting language at the word, sentence, and discourse levels.
Embedding Academic Language for English Learners (ELs) Embedding Academic Language for English Learners (ELs)
Learn the best practices around delivering thoughtful and systematic academic language instruction for English learners. Synthesize highlights from research and the classroom to uncover teaching strategies at the word, sentence, and discourse levels.
Teaching Academic Vocabulary to English Learners: A Q&A with Sydney Snyder Teaching Academic Vocabulary to English Learners: A Q&A with Sydney Snyder
Which vocabulary words should be used to teach ELs, and how should those words be introduced and practiced? Dr. Sydney Snyder, principal associate at SupportEd and co-author of Unlocking English Learners’ Potential, provides the following expert answers for EL educators.