Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency


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What is cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP)?

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1. What does basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) describe?

2. When is communication context embedded?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Review what you know about the communication needs of English as a Second Language or English Language Learner students. Pick the best answer for each question based on what you know.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Specific information covered by this quiz includes:

  • Definitions of communication systems
  • Facts about context embedded communication
  • How teachers can increase context in their lessons

Skills Practiced

You will also work on:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main acronyms, such as CALP and BICS
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding examples of context embedded communication
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what's involved in context embedded communication

Additional Learning

Information about cognitive academic language learning proficiency is provided in more depth in the lesson associated with this quiz, titled Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency. Read to learn about:

  • Special challenges of ESL and ELL students
  • Examples of what makes CALP difficult for ESL or ELL students to understand
  • The CALP/BICS matrix and how it is used