Academic Discourse for All Students (Grades 6-12)

ELL Strand

This course will explore ways to increase student use of academic language and vocabulary in today’s secondary classrooms.

Throughout the course, participants will learn strategies for increasing student interaction, as well as increasing the quality of student interactions to be sure that they focus on content, utilizing the language of the content areas. Vocabulary instruction, as well as other key aspects of academic language instruction, will be integrated into instruction. Participants will build lesson plans that show more formal, academic language and vocabulary use based on the course of study.

As a result of this course, participants will increase the amount of discourse in the classroom, thereby also deepening students’ reading and writing skills. Research shows that as students increase academic discourse, their reading and writing skills are also enhanced as they more deeply learn the academic vocabulary and text structures of the content area.

This interactive course is designed for job-embedded learning and practical classroom application using our virtual lesson study process. This virtual lesson study environment will help facilitate the process for you to think through how to better incorporate instructional practices to increase the use of academic language and vocabulary.  Through the implementation of a variety of instructional techniques and concepts, you will be able to more effectively engage your students and enhance the learning process.

This course consists of five modules, each of which includes a combination of activities, reading assignments, classroom and school video segments, discussions & reflection questions.

Module topics covered are as follows:

Module 1: Introduction to Accountable Academic Discourse

Module 2: Dimensions, Foundations, and Features of Accountable Academic Discourse

Module 3: Building an Accountable, Academic Discourse Friendly Classroom

Module 4: Determining the Linguistic Demand of Lesson Tasks and Materials

Module 5: Assessing Accountable, Academic Discourse

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