ERIC Number: EJ1074406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Using Academic Language to Level the Playing Field for English-Language Learners in Physical Education: Part 1
Constantinou, Phoebe; Wuest, Deborah A.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v28 n5 p28-33 2015
With the common core emphasis on English language art and mathematics skills, physical educators are faced with a challenging task. Educators, in general, are expected to identifying the language demands of their discipline and develop academic language skills within each disciplinary area. In other words, educators are expected to prepare students to utilize the discipline-specific vocabulary and language function to effectively communicate within the content area. This article aims to address some of the challenging issues physical educators face in the process of implementing academic language in conjunction with promoting literacy among English language learners, or ELLs. Specific teaching strategies that can help "level the playing field" for the ELLs while promoting academic language in physical education classes are presented. Moreover, ideas that can help reduce the disparities between ELLs and native English speakers and promote more opportunities for achievement for all students are discussed.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Physical Education, Language Skills, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Physical Education Teachers, State Standards, English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, Teacher Student Relationship, Social Cognition, Learning Processes, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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