Academic Language Development

Developing Academic Vocabulary During Distance Learning
90 minute virtual session
Traditional vocabulary instruction is not enough to help students develop the language necessary for academic success, especially during distance learning. Students need to be able to develop mindsets, routines, and habits that will amplify their language learning as well as leverage their families’ cultural and linguistic capital. In this session, participants engage with effective strategies related to three key concepts:research-based vocabulary instruction, family engagement, and word consciousness.
Learning Outcomes:
Apply research findings on word learning to vocabulary instruction
Adapt best practices for vocabulary instruction to distance learning
Identify opportunities for students to develop academic language at home
Define word consciousness and promote it in the virtual classroom
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Developing Content Vocabulary During Distance Learning
90 minute virtual session
Traditional vocabulary instruction is not enough to help students develop the academic language necessary for success in content area classes, especially during distance learning. Content teachers need strategies to adapt research-based instructional practices for word learning to the virtual classroom. In this session, participants will explore and practice instructional moves to help students acquire and use content-specific academic vocabulary. This session can be tailored to one specific content area (language arts, math, science, social studies, or related arts, for example), or focused on instructional practices beneficial to all educators
Learning Outcomes:
Identify opportunities to integrate vocabulary instruction into content area lessons
Build routines to deepen students’ understanding of key content concepts through meaningful word study
Leverage high-impact instructional strategies to grow students’ content vocabulary
Provide students with tools and scaffolds for rich academic discussions about content concepts
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Developing Academic Language: Going Beyond Vocabulary
90 minute virtual session
 All students need to be able to use academic language in speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to achieve success in school.Educators can empower students by promoting students’ ownership of all aspects of academic language – not just vocabulary! Participants in this session will explore aspects of academic language including vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar, discourse, and text types.
Learning Outcomes:
Identify signal words and sentence structures that are commonly used a given content area
Recognize and teach the text types students engage with in specific content classrooms (such as paragraphs, lab directions, word problems, timelines, etc.)
Describe the features of academic conversations in the content areas, and provide all students with the tools necessary to engage in such conversations
Integrate academic language support with content instruction without compromising either one
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Developing Academic Language During Distance Learning: Family Engagement
90 minute virtual session
When students are not in school buildings,they need opportunities to use academiclanguage in reading, writing, speaking, andlistening both during and outside of classtime. In this session, participants will explore strategies to leverage the cultural andlinguistic capital of students’ families in order to increase students’ opportunities todevelop and use academic language.
Learning Outcomes:
Create learning activities for students and their families to use at home to increase students’ academic vocabulary
Determine optimal communication strategies for engaging students’ families during distance learning
Identify cultural and linguistic assets that students’ family members contribute to their child’s education
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Developing Academic Language: Word Consciousness
90 minute virtual session
In order to maximize students’ academiclanguage development, educators can promote students’ eagerness and ability to learnmore words both during and outside of classtime. Word consciousness is a mindset thatincludes eagerness to learn words, interestin how words work, and curiosity about howwords are used to communicate ideas, attitudes, and power. Participants in this sessionexplore the concept of word consciousnessand practice instructional strategies to promote word consciousness in their students.
Learning Outcomes:
Define word consciousness
Use instructional strategies that promote word consciousness to maximize students’ vocabulary development during distance learning
Provide students with remote learning activities that engage them in word learning with peers, classmates, and family members
Identify opportunities to connect students’ home and family life with vocabulary development
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