Social & Academic Language Acquisition: Differences & Characteristics


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Which of the following is an example of a context in which a person would use social language?

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1. Which of the following expression is NOT likely to be present in a social conversation between friends?

2. Miguel is an English language learner who can introduce himself to peers, ask questions like ''Where is the bathroom?'' and express things like, ''My pencil is black.'' Miguel's social language level is _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Take this short multiple-choice quiz and find out what you know about social and academic language acquisition. You'll be answering questions on key points like where a person would use social language and expressions used in a social conversation between friends.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz yourself on the following areas as well:

  • Social language level of a person who understands basic questions and expressions
  • Academic level of an individual who can use specialized vocabulary
  • Probable level of an English language learner student who is entering third grade

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on social and academic language acquisition, such as expressions that would and would not be used in a social conversation between friends
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about contexts where a person would use social language
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the level of proficiency for a person who can utilize specialized terminology

Additional Learning

Explore language further with the lesson called Social & Academic Language Acquisition: Differences & Characteristics. These key subjects will be highlighted:

  • The definition of 'social language'
  • Explanation of academic language
  • Differences between these two language types
  • Basis for proficiency levels between social and academic language