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Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Definitions and Contexts

  • Title:Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Definitions and Contexts
  • Author:Margo Gottlieb, Gisela Ernst-Slavit
  • Publication Date:July 2014
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781452234786
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Ensure your school speaks the language of success!

With the rigorous content of College and Career Readiness standards, academic language use has moved to the forefront of educational priorities. School leaders and teachers must ensure that academic language becomes the focus of new curricula, instruction, and assessment, with special attention to linguistically and culturally diverse students.

The author’s six-book series on academic language is already the definitive resource on the topic. This companion volume provides a concise, thorough overview of the key research concepts and effective practices that underlie the series. Including:

  • Definitions and examples of the dimensions of academic language.
  • A step-by-step template to incorporate academic language use into plans for student learning.
  • Graphic models that illustrate the construct of academic language and its classroom application.

Language is the most fundamental building block of education. Be sure your school is as strong as it can be with this indispensable book.

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Author Bio

Margo Gottlieb is an expert in curriculum, instruction, and assessment of language learners, having started her career as a teacher and currently working with teachers and school leaders across the United States and internationally.

Gisela Ernst-Slavit, PhD, is a Professor in the College of Education at Washington State University Vancouver. She investigates language teacher education in culturally and linguistically diverse settings using ethnographic and sociolinguistic perspectives. In addition to other publications, she is co-author of Access to Academics: Planning Instruction for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs (Pearson, 2010), From Paper to Practice: Using the TESOL’s English Language Proficiency Standards in PreK-12 Classrooms (TESOL, 2009), and TESOL PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards (TESOL, 2006). Dr. Ernst-Slavit, a native from Peru, has given numerous presentations in the United States and Canada as well as in Japan, Pakistan, Peru, Spain, Thailand, and The Netherlands.

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