Academic language proficiency is essential for success in school, especially for English Learners (ELs). However, it is a skill which receives little attention. Many ELs frequently exit from language assistance programs because they perform well on social language tests and sound proficient in language interchange, due to strong basic interpersonal communication skills. However, they may still struggle in content areas due to poor academic language proficiency. This article’s main goals are to illustrate the value of academic language comprehension and offer teaching techniques that will help ELs develop this skill. These strategies, which play to English Learners’ strengths, incorporate cognates and academic word lists into instruction.
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Original Publication Citation
Gupta, A. (2023). Building academic language proficiency for English learners. The Collection, 3, 1-5. https://heyzine.com/flip-book/6e9795832b.html
Gupta, Abha, "Building Academic Language Proficiency for English Learners" (2023). Teaching & Learning Faculty Publications. 222.