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Science and math are content classrooms that pose peculiar challenges for ELLs not only because of the specific academic vocabulary but the layers of meaning required to truly excel. At the WIDA 2016 National Conference, Rita MacDonald, on behalf of WIDA, centralized her presentation not on the content of math and science but on process of establishing meaning among students in those content classrooms. Her insights came after a three-year NSF project, on which she was Lead Developer.
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Teaching Thanksgiving, Academic Vocabulary Style

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This Thanksgiving, are you "happy" to be in the company of your family and friends - or "chuffed?" Did the kisses of your Aunt Gertrude leave you not merely "wet," but "bedraggled?" Here are ideas for teaching your English Learners about Thanksgiving, while encouraging them to use academic vocabu

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Evidence Supports Dual Language Programs for English Learners

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Top Thanksgiving Myths, Debunked

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Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition, as American as apple pie and football (the pig-skin variety). But do you know what really happened that first Thanksgiving? Is there truth to the notion that turkey causes drowsiness?

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Assessment, Evidence, Analysis, Constitutional, Aspect

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Assessment, Evidence, Analysis, Constitutional, Aspect.  These are the top five choices voted for the 2011 Academic Word of Year as of November 1, 2011. More than 500 votes have been cast so far, and surprisingly, “Assessment” is the top voted choice so far.

 

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Why Loreto Aliaga Salas Thinks “Awareness” Should Be the 2011 Academic Word of the Year

18 October, 2011, 0 comments, on

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a·ware·ness [uh-wair-nis]

noun
the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness

 

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