8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

I communicated with many students the last couple of days. It was a great fun! I also heard some faculty mentioned that one of the challenges was not English mode of communication and instruction per se, but academic English. So, this article from Edutopia is very timely! Please access it here.

Strategies offered:

  • Encourage students to read diverse texts
  • Introduce summary frames
  • Help students translate from academic to social language (and back)
  • Have students complete scripts of academic routines
  • Dynamically introduce academic vocabulary
  • Help students diagram similarities and differences
  • Have students write with a transition handout
  • Teach key words for understanding standardized test prompts

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