Academic language is essential for this success. In this session, we will analyze the dimensions of language all students in K-12 must master in order to read and write across the disciplines and explore how to develop academic language within any classroom. We will explore how academic language comprehension and instruction impact literacy in the classroom. All students, including English Learners, need explicit instruction in the facets of academic language for success across the disciplines. Academic vocabulary terms and definitions are often taught as part of each discipline; however, students still struggle to understand and produce discipline-specific text. In this session, we will explore the dimensions and features of academic language and how they vary depending on the sociocultural context; analyze the demands of academic language at the word/phrase, sentence, and discourse levels, and examine resources that support the development of academic language within the classroom. This session will not be recorded. Act 48 credit hours will be awarded to educators who complete the workshop.
Intended audience: All educators of English learners
Instructor: Sarah Misner Moll, Literacy and ELD Consultant, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit & PDE Statewide ELD Trainer