ERIC Number: EJ780427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Writing of Adolescent English Learners: Learning to Use "Although"
Journal of Second Language Writing, v16 n4 p238-254 Dec 2007
Increasing calls for equity and accountability in U.S. secondary schools have led to intensified scrutiny of the academic literacy development of English learning (EL) adolescents. This paper discusses some of the challenges that EL secondary students face in achieving the language and literacy skills that will enable them to succeed in their mainstream classes, graduate from high school, and continue their academic careers into college. It presents an instructional approach used to work with students on academic language development and describes the language resources that students were able to take up following instruction. This paper suggests ways that secondary teachers can teach their EL students to use linguistic analysis in order to recognize the expectations of academic writing and produce texts that increasingly incorporate the linguistic features of academic language.
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Linguistics, Second Language Learning, Literacy, English (Second Language), Secondary School Students, Accountability, Writing (Composition), College Preparation, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Teachers, Writing Skills, Language Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States