Improving academic language leads to school success
Understanding Academic Language and its Connection to School Success is an article written by C. Friedberg,A. Mitchell and E. Brook that discusses the importance of learning academic vocabulary in order to improve reading comprehension and overall academic success, which can be additionally challenging for ELLS.
In addition to defining ‘academic language’, the article includes tips for the elementary (e.g. foster a language-rich classroom that includes opportunities for students to learn and apply new vocabulary when following directions, describing, participating in conversations, and listening and responding to stories) and middle & secondary (e.g. before students read class selections, preview and pre-teach vocabulary that will be important for their comprehension of the text, and provide semantic maps (graphic organizers or “webs” that connect new vocabulary to related words and concepts) when teaching new words) grade teachers.
You may also be interested in this recent OISE report on kids and ebooks. The study shows that four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an e-book to them versus relying solely on the e-book’s voiceover“
Check it out! Rowan