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ERIC Number: EJ951841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Increasing Academic Oral Language Development: Using English Language Learner Shadowing in Classrooms
Soto-Hinman, Ivannia
Multicultural Education, v18 n2 p21-23 Win 2011
According to Diane August (2002), a senior research scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics, English Language Learners (ELLs) spend less than two percent of their school day in oral language development. Worse yet, when ELLs are speaking in school, it is often not about academic topics or rigorous content. This lack of academic oral language practice is detrimental to the acquisition of English, as well as to the access of grade-level content area material, which are both mandated by Title III of the "No Child Left Behind Act". In order for ELLs to become proficient in the basics of English, as well as grade-level academic English, it is imperative that they be given repeated and more complex opportunities to speak about academic topics across the school day. One way to systemically create awareness around the importance of academic oral language development, or "academic talk," is to train teachers in ELL shadowing. In this article the author explains why academic oral language development is important and how to embed ELL shadowing into either a teacher education program, a district, an individual school, or a county office of education staff development program. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Language: English
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