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Mind your BICS and CALP: English Learners and Academic Language

BICS, CALP, academic language
Special Populations:
English Language Learners

Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element C: Teachers engage students as individuals, including those with diverse needs and interests, across a range of ability levels by adapting their teaching for the benefit of all students.
  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element F: Teachers model and promote effective communication.

This article explains the difference between BICS and CALP and what teachers need to be mindful of in relation to each.