Help your students become proficient in academic language
Is academic language a barrier that keeps your students from achieving all they should? This eCourse gives you a complete toolkit for teaching academic language in a holistic way, while building your students’ critical thinking skills and confidence.
This interactive course is based on a four-pronged approach to acquiring and mastering academic language teaching and learning: sociocultural, developmental, academic, and related to cognitive process. You’ll master new strategies to support your students’ academic language development and mastery of academic content. You will also be able to:
- Connect your curriculum with topics and issues that are culturally relevant for your students
- Gain insights through exercises and thought-provoking videos featuring outstanding teachers
- Develop goals and a measurable plan for academic language learning in your classroom, including a strong focus on family partnerships
- Incorporate more instructional conversation in your curriculum
- Help students develop a richer vocabulary and higher-order thinking skills
- Use learning objectives to motivate and challenge students
This eCourse includes:
- Classroom videos and teacher interviews
- A downloadable Parent Involvement Plan template
- Guided practice activities for each module
To build on the learning in the eCourse, users may also want to consider Debbie Zacarian’s book Mastering Academic Language from which the four frames of learning presented in this eCourse originate, or to strengthen their practice by using the TeachALL app, an observation tool grounded in those same four frames that empowers educators to plan, observe, and strengthen their practice using preloaded rubrics designed to help teachers reach ALL students. Debbie Zacarian is also available for consulting work, discussing how her framework can be used in a variety of ways, such as unit and lesson planning and peer-to-peer observations.