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Academic Vocabulary


3 Strategies for Teaching ELLs Academic Language

This article provides three concrete strategies for supporting learners in understanding and remembering new academic vocabulary.

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

This Edutopia article begins with a definition of academic language, offers some suggestions for where teachers should start with teaching, and provides eight specific strategies for academic language instruction.

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Academic Language and ELLs: What Teachers Need to Know

This article written by Colorín Colorado Manager Lydia Breiseth helps educators understand the role that academic language plays in their classrooms and in ELL student success. The article also includes information on social vs. academic language, as well as numerous examples of the different kinds of academic language needed for all students to fully participate in classroom activities and assignments. The article also contains links for other academic language resources for teachers.

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Meeting the Needs of Today's English Language Learner

In this interactive online module, ABE practitioners explore the need for more rigorous academic instruction in language and literacy skills. The authors highlight specific elements that research has shown to be critical for adult English language learners’ full access to academic and work opportunities (such as critical thinking, academic language, and language strategies). Many concrete examples for teaching and further readings and resources are provided!

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TAGS: teaching strategies, classroom activities, rigor, teaching resources