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Instructional Strategies for Teaching Academic Language - Chapter Summary
Use this chapter to get reacquainted with instructional strategies for teaching academic language. Whether you want to refresh your knowledge of academic language and nuance in reading or expand your understanding of ways to analyze the purpose of a text and utilize text to construct meaning, you've reached the right place! Study the lessons at your own pace. When finished, you will be able to:
- Differentiate between academic, conversational and domain-specific language
- Identify and discuss instructional approaches to content area vocabulary
- Compare and contrast content-based instruction and English for Academic Purposes
- Explain differences between explicit and implicit instruction for second-language grammar
- Share strategies for evaluating rhetorical devices in writing
- Discuss best practices for measuring text complexity
- List four types of sentences and explain how to identify them
- Outline strategies for differentiating vocabulary instruction
This chapter can accommodate individuals with busy schedules, thanks to around-the-clock computer and mobile access. Study during any time that is convenient and visit as often as you'd like to ensure you fully comprehend these instructional strategies for teaching academic language. Our multiple-choice quizzes and practice exam can quickly assess your knowledge of the lessons. Use the Dashboard to track your progress through this chapter and submit lesson topic questions to our experts.
1. Academic Language: Definition, Examples & Functions
In this lesson, you'll be able to learn about academic language, and how it fits into a school's curriculum. Check out some various examples and functions of this way of writing and then test your knowledge with a quiz!
2. Academic, Conversational & Domain-Specific Language
Tiered vocabulary development is an essential part of meeting academic standards. In this lesson, we will define and discuss the three tiers of vocabulary: academic, conversational, and domain-specific language.
3. Instructional Approaches to Content Area Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will learn about ways to incorporate vocabulary instruction into content-area classes to help support student learning in academic disciplines.
4. Content-Based Instruction vs. English for Academic Purposes
Content-Based Instruction and English for Academic Purposes are two approaches to teaching a second language. This lesson compares and contrasts the two approaches and provides examples for real life implementation.
5. Explicit vs. Implicit Instruction for Second-Language Grammar
There are a number of strategies for second-language instruction. Two overarching methods include explicit and implicit instruction, each of which carry different pros and cons.
6. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing
In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.
7. Measuring Text Complexity
This lesson focuses on the necessary components used by educators to measure a text's level of complexity. Using a three part model, teachers across the nation are digging into what truly makes a text grade appropriate, yet rigorous, for a student to read.
8. What Is Nuance in Reading?
Sometimes, the way something is written can change its very ideas. During this lesson, we'll examine nuance, or subtle differences in meaning, and how elements like connotation and subtext can create a nuanced piece.
9. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.
10. Utilizing Text to Construct Meaning
Learning to construct meaning is an important part of the reading process. This lessons discusses how things like visualizing, paraphrasing, asking questions, and making connections can aid in the constructing meaning process.
11. Identifying Types of Sentences
Our language has four types of sentences. Watch this video lesson to not only learn the four types but also to discover the tricks to identifying types of sentences.
12. Differentiated Instruction Strategies for Vocabulary
Teaching students with different abilities, starting points, and backgrounds is a challenge. Differentiated instruction allows teachers to tailor instruction to meet all student needs, as described in this lesson focusing on teaching vocabulary.
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