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Formal Language & Social Context for ELL Students - Chapter Summary
This self-paced chapter lets you brush up on formal language and social context for ELL students and can help you strengthen your students' English language acquisition. Lessons examine the importance of communication, examples of academic language and differences between informal and formal language. This chapter also helps you put these concepts to use in the classroom as you teach your ELL students social and formal language.
Tailor your review of this chapter to your unique needs as an educator. Access any of the lessons you choose in your sequence of choice, and visit them as often as you'd like. The Dashboard keeps track of your progress and lets you submit any lesson topic questions you have to our subject-matter experts.
How It Helps
- Offers foundational information: The teaching resources in this chapter offer a comprehensive overview of language, communication and social influences on language acquisition and use.
- Strengthens teaching methods: Teaching strategies in this chapter ensure you know how to help students bridge the gap between social and formal language.
- Improves learning outcomes: Brushing up on your knowledge of different forms of language while improving your instructional methods can strengthen the learning outcomes of your ELL students.
Completing this chapter will enable you to:
- Define and discuss the importance of communication
- Detail the two major types of communication and explain how setting can impact them
- Share the functions of academic language
- Explain the importance of both informal and formal language in language acquisition
- Incorporate your knowledge of the five language registers into your ELL instruction
- Discuss various social influences on the English language
- Help your ELL students understand when to use social and formal language
1. What is Communication? - Definition & Importance
Any task or transaction that requires more than one person can only be successfully completed with communication. In this lesson, you'll learn what communication is, types of communication and the importance of communication.
2. Communication in Different Settings
Humans are social creatures and we spend a lot of time communicating with one another. In this lesson, we'll look at the two major types of communication and examine how setting can influence each type of communication.
3. 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!
4. Informal vs. Formal Language in Language Acquisition
English language learners learn formally, through instruction, or informally. Which is best? This lesson identifies the differences between the two and discusses the benefits of each to help you understand best practices for language development.
5. How Social Influences Shape the English Language
When we learn to speak, our language is shaped by the people around us. This lesson discusses some of those social influences and how they impact the language we use.
6. Teaching Social & Formal Language to ELL Students
Students have a lot to consider when they learn English as a second language. This lesson provides teachers with advice on how to help English language learners (ELLs) distinguish and use social and formal language.
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Other chapters within the Teaching Reading to English Language Learners course
- Language Acquisition & ELL Students
- Prior & Background Knowledge for ELL Students
- Cooperative Learning for ELL Students
- Vocabulary Development & Instruction for ELL Students
- Interactive Learning for ELL Students
- Understanding Multiple Intelligences
- Differentiated Instruction for ELL Learners
- Visual Aids & Technology for ELL Students
- English Language Development for ELL Students
- Assessment for ELL Students