The case for teaching academic language

Spread the loveImagine having to learn a new subject but you don’t understand the academic language required for it. You might feel left out or overwhelmed. The vocabulary words are preventing you from learning because you don’t know what they’re asking you to do. Your understanding of academic language, known as the thinking, speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills necessary for effective learning, can determine how successful you will be academically. Academic language isn’t the same as social language. It’s the tool you need for thinking about learning and discussing it. It’s imperative that teachers address academic language explicitly in … Continue reading The case for teaching academic language