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ERIC Number: EJ1221720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Methods and Strategies: Formative Assessment of English Language Proficiency in the Science Classroom
Lee, Okhee; Januszyk, Rita
Science and Children, v56 n9 p80-85 Jul 2019
According to the vision of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS), science and engineering are language intensive and offer both opportunities and challenges for all students, especially English learners (ELs), who are developing language and disciplinary knowledge and practices simultaneously. To support ELs of varying levels of English proficiency, the teacher must gather information about student learning that can be used to advance students' language proficiency in science. Formative assessment can be a powerful means for gathering such information and using it to provide ongoing and contingent support. This article focuses on formative assessment of language proficiency (shortened to "proficiency") in the context of NGSS-aligned science instruction. This article provides ideas and techniques to enhance science teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A