Graduation Year

2016

Location

Room 101, State Farm Hall Foyer

Start Date

16-4-2016 11:00 AM

End Date

16-4-2016 12:00 PM

Description

One of the most troubling aspects of school for English Language Learners (ELLs) is academic language. Dicerbo, Anstrom, Baker and Rivera (2014) define academic language as "the language used in school to help students acquire and use knowledge" (452). As the academic rigor increases and content knowledge becomes more important than language development, ELL’s academic language falls further behind resulting in high dropout rates. The purpose of this research is to find ways in which teachers can help ELLs adjust to academic language. This literature review highlights ELL student backgrounds, the standards and assessments used for ELLs, teacher and ELL interaction, and ways to adjust to academic language in the classroom. Analysis of data suggested that ELLs are not provided with the resources needed to succeed in the mainstream classroom. Synthesis of data also implies that teachers lack the preparation necessary to make the classroom adjustments needed for ELLs to succeed.

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Apr 16th, 11:00 AM Apr 16th, 12:00 PM

Making Academic Language Accessible For English Language Learners

Room 101, State Farm Hall Foyer

One of the most troubling aspects of school for English Language Learners (ELLs) is academic language. Dicerbo, Anstrom, Baker and Rivera (2014) define academic language as "the language used in school to help students acquire and use knowledge" (452). As the academic rigor increases and content knowledge becomes more important than language development, ELL’s academic language falls further behind resulting in high dropout rates. The purpose of this research is to find ways in which teachers can help ELLs adjust to academic language. This literature review highlights ELL student backgrounds, the standards and assessments used for ELLs, teacher and ELL interaction, and ways to adjust to academic language in the classroom. Analysis of data suggested that ELLs are not provided with the resources needed to succeed in the mainstream classroom. Synthesis of data also implies that teachers lack the preparation necessary to make the classroom adjustments needed for ELLs to succeed.