Ch 1: Language Acquisition & ELL Students

About This Chapter

Refresh your understanding of language acquisition as it applies to ELL students with this engaging teacher resource chapter. You can use our video and text lessons to supplement what you're learning in your teaching program or to access new materials you can use to plan your lessons and curriculum.

Language Acquisition & ELL Students - Chapter Summary

Our informative chapter covers language acquisition for English language learner students. When you access these lessons, you'll review ELL proficiency levels, the sociolinguistic concepts associated with second language acquisition and language objectives for ESL students. Feel free to access these engaging lessons and self-assessment quizzes 24 hours a day.

How It Helps

  • Focuses on ELL students: These resources are tailored and designed to help you understand how ELL students learn a second language and their unique language acquisition processes.
  • Makes planning easy: You can review these mobile-friendly and easy-to-navigate lessons at your convenience, no matter where you are.
  • Promotes goal-setting: With clear instruction about proficiency levels and objectives for ESL students, you'll be able to set goals to ensure your students flourish and succeed.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand how ELL students are identified
  • Recognize ELL proficiency levels
  • Describe language acquisition and language objectives for ESL students
  • Detail the development of English as a second language in the classroom
  • Identify what the silent period is for ELL students
  • Discuss sociolinguistic concepts and how they relate to second language acquisition
  • Outline the sociocultural influences on ELL students
  • Define basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS)
  • Explain what cognitive academic language proficiency is

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Language Acquisition & ELL Students
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How Are ELL Students Identified?

1. How Are ELL Students Identified?

In this lesson, you will learn about the procedures that school districts use to identify English language learner (ELL) students and provide them with an appropriate method of instruction.

What Are the ELL Proficiency Levels?

2. What Are the ELL Proficiency Levels?

This lesson describes the standard ELL proficiency levels and provides examples for each level. Additionally, the American State system and various internationally recognized systems are also discussed.

Language Objectives for ESL Students

3. Language Objectives for ESL Students

Need a refresher on some standard level-based language objectives for ESL students? This lesson provides level-based objectives that may be adapted to your own unique teaching style, school requirements, and student needs.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

4. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.

English as a Second Language in the Classroom: Acquisition & Development

5. English as a Second Language in the Classroom: Acquisition & Development

Learning a second language can be very difficult and can put students behind on their regular education. In this lesson, explore the stages of language acquisition and discover tricks to help students develop English as a second language.

The Silent Period for ELL Students

6. The Silent Period for ELL Students

A silent period is the first phase of second language acquisition for an English Language Learner. Explore the reason for, length of, and type of language acquired during this period.

Sociolinguistic Concepts & Second Language Acquisition

7. Sociolinguistic Concepts & Second Language Acquisition

This lesson looks at the connection between social factors and how we learn a second language. You'll also learn several key concepts from the field of sociolinguistics, including register, dialect, and style.

Sociocultural Influences on ELL Students

8. Sociocultural Influences on ELL Students

This lesson explores the different sociocultural factors that can positively or negatively influence ELL students. Along with a brief analysis of each factor, this lesson provides you with some recommendations when dealing with specific types of ELL students.

Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS): Definition & Examples

9. Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS): Definition & Examples

This lesson will provide you with a definition and examples of interpersonal communication, as well as introduce you to the communication process. Watch it to learn more about basic interpersonal communication skills.

Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

10. Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

In this lesson, you'll learn about cognitive academic language proficiency, how it affects student learning, and what can be done to improve student outcomes. An example is provided and a short quiz follows.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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