Academic Language

Key Concepts

Professional Development Presentation

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Although the definitions of academic language vary in their complexity and scope, researchers and practitioners alike agree that all students, not just English Learners, need explicit instruction focused on the academic language used in the classroom in order to be successful in school and beyond. The purpose of this presentation for viewers is threefold: (1) to provide a comprehensive, thorough understanding of academic language, (2) to discuss the importance of academic language, and (3) to present examples of instructional practices educators can engage in to teach and promote academic language.

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