Even when multilingual learners can communicate socially they may not yet have the language needed for academic and professional success. However, research shows that multilingual learners will be successful in school when academic language is systematically developed.
Academic language is more demanding and complex than social or general English. Acquisition of academic language requires explicit and deliberate instruction so all students are able to fully and successfully participate in classroom discussions, activities, and assignments around content area text.
Tune in to build your knowledge of how to help multilingual learners develop the language skills needed to interact meaningfully with the content they’re being taught.
- Why systematic and explicit instruction of academic language should be integrated into the core curriculum at all grade levels.
- The importance of teaching general academic vocabulary and the structures of language, such as phonology, orthography, semantics, and syntax.
- The impact that supporting academic language development has on multilingual learners’ ability to engage with the core curriculum.
Don’t miss this opportunity to build your knowledge of how to optimize multilinguals’ literacy development in their new language.
Antonio A. Fierro, Ed.D.
VP of Professional Learning and Academics, 95 Percent Group