Calling all grammar nerds: This book is not a light read but it delves deeply into the various language features that make up the academic register. After reading this you will have a thorough understanding of the features of academic language and will more easily be able to identify the language features used in your lessons.
This toolkit breaks our language use down into a variety of functions that are often used in academic language such as comparing and contrasting, classifying, and analyzing. For each language function, the toolkit gives examples, strategies and sentence starters and frames.
Identifying the academic language demands of your lessons can be a challenge. This article and accompanying graphic organizer will help during your lesson planning to identify what the academic language demands are in a given lesson and then to integrate language learning with your content objectives.
This books shifts from the "What" of Academic Language to the "How" of teaching it. Himmele provides an array of activities and strategies for developing academic language through reading, higher order thinking, and assessment. You will walk away from this book with ready to use ideas.
What is academic language and why do we need to teach it? This book explains the difference between social and academic language and highlights the features that make academic language unique. If you feel like your ELLs speak English and are left wondering why they still need support, this book is for you.