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  • Best Strategies for Academic VocabularyVirginia Dept. of Education

    Title III Statewide Consortium Conference

    Audrey Cohan, Ed.D. Molloy College

    Rockville Centre, NY

    acohan@molloy.edu

    Audrey_Cohan Created with Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld

    mailto:acohan@molloy.edu

  • Building Academic

    Language in Every

    Classroom

    Gain ideas to foster student

    interaction

    Integrate the use of complex texts

    to build language

    Develop ways to enhance students language output

    Create language objectives

    Adapted from

    Zwiers, 2012

    AGENDA

  • What Is Academic Language?

    Negotiate a definition collectively

    Fortify your collective definition with examples from your own

    practice

  • Why Is Academic Language So Difficult to Teach?

  • Why Is Academic Language So Difficult to Teach to English Language Learners? Challenge

  • Academic Language Focus

    Word-level

    Sentence-level

    Text-level

  • The Features of Academic Language

    Understanding

    Language Functions

    Word/Phrase level,

    Sentence level, and

    Discourse levels

    What exactly will the students

    DO with the language in the

    lesson and how will they

    USE it?

  • From Jeff Zwiers

  • Public Service Announcements!

    What would we say in 60 seconds?

    What would you

    tell content

    teachers about the

    features of

    academic

    language?

  • Debbie Zacarian

    The Literacy Suitcase..Literacy behaviors of learners who carry academic language and can be symbolized as the suitcase students carry in and out of school.

    The suitcase is filled with rich vocabulary, cultural ways of being and acting, decision-making skills, or dialect skills. (Ex: storytelling skills, family traditions, gospel songs or novellas)

  • Academic Language: Word Level

  • Stop & Process

    How do you support

    word-level academic language development?

  • Tiered Vocabulary Instruction

    Tier 1 Basic words

    feel, mad, good, speak

    Tier 2 High frequency, but challenging words

    investigate, expectation, clarify, explain, analyze

    Tier 3 Infrequently used words that are often discipline-specific

    evaporation, pupa, federal, simile

  • Two Essential Criteria for Choosing Target Words

    Importance and Utility

    MILEAGE

    Conceptual Understanding

    POWER

  • PAINT CHIP VOCABULARY CARDS https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/build-student-vocabulary

    https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/build-student-vocabulary

  • TALK IN 2s & 3s

    17

    What SQUARES

    with my beliefs

    Whats going

    AROUND

    in my head

    THREE POINTS

    I want to remember

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