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Increasing Exposure to Academic Language by Speaking It

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Topic tags:
differentiation, academic language, comprehension, verbal interaction, vocabulary, literacy, ELL
Special populations:
English Language Learners
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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS I: Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
    • Element B: Teachers develop and implement lessons that connect to a variety of content areas/disciplines and emphasize literacy and mathematical practices.
  • 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.

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This short article describes how to use academic language in the classroom. The authors, Pérsida Himmele and William Himmele explain why academic language is important and they give many different classroom examples of ways teachers have implemented these strategies in their teaching. This will help you improve the use of academic language in your classroom.

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Himmele P. & Himmele W. (2009). Increasing exposure to academic language by speaking it. Retrieved from