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ERIC Number: EJ823968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Partnering to Develop Academic Language for English Language Learners through Mathematics and Science
Silva, Cecilia; Weinburgh, Molly; Smith, Kathy Horak; Barreto, Guadalupe; Gabel, Joan
Childhood Education, v85 n2 p107 Win 2008
An urban school district and a university developed a curriculum emphasizing academic language for its English language learners (ELL) students. The partnership began when the district's elementary ESL coordinator approached three university faculty for support in developing a three-year summer school curriculum emphasizing mathematics and science for the ELL students enrolled in the Language Center Program. In this article, the authors report on the outcomes that resulted from the planned objectives and on the unanticipated outcomes that spontaneously resulted as the partnership evolved. The authors begin with a discussion of the primary and the secondary objectives the partnership sought to achieve. The primary objectives included support for ELLs in acquiring academic language and the development of a science and mathematics content-based curriculum. In addition, the authors expected to collect research data and, through the implementation phase of the project, to provide ELLs with opportunities to experience authentic integrated instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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