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Academic Language Mastery: Conversational Discourse in Context
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Academic Language Mastery: Conversational Discourse in Context



July 2016 | 128 pages | Corwin

By now it’s a given: if we’re to help our ELLs and SELs access the rigorous demands of today’s content standards, we must cultivate the “code” that drives school success: academic language. Look no further for assistance than this much-anticipated series from Ivannia Soto, in which she invites field authorities Jeff Zwiers, David and Yvonne Freeman, Margarita Calderon, and Noma LeMoine to share every teacher’s need-to-know strategies on the four essential components of academic language.

The subject of this volume is conversational discourse. Here, Jeff Zwiers reveals the power of academic conversation in helping students develop language, clarify concepts, comprehend complex texts, and fortify thinking and relational skills. With this book as your roadmap, you’ll learn how to:

  • Foster the skills and language students must develop for productive interactions
  • Implement strategies for scaffolding paired conversations
  • Assess student’s oral language development as you go

It’s imperative that our ELLs and SELs practice academic language in rich conversations with others in school, especially when our classrooms may be their only opportunities to receive modeling, scaffolding, and feedback focused on effective discourse. This book, in concert with the other three volumes in the series, can provide both a foundation and a framework for accelerating the learning of diverse students across grade levels and disciplines.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction to the Book Series
 
2. What Research Says About Conversational Discourse
 
3. Classroom Applications for Conversational Discourse
 
4. Learning From Classroom Examples of Conversational Discourse
 
5. Assessing Conversational Discourse
 
6. Conclusions, Challenges, and Connections
 
Epilogue: The Vision
 
References
 
Index

Jeffrey Alan Zwiers

Dr. Jeff Zwiers is a senior researcher at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. He supports the Understanding Language Initiative, a research and professional development project focused on literacy, cognition, discourse, and academic language. His current research focuses on effective lesson planning and classroom practices that foster academic interactions and literacy. More About Author

Ivannia Soto Hinman

Dr. Ivannia Soto is Professor of Education at Whittier College, where she specializes in second language acquisition, systemic reform for English language learners (MLLs), and urban education. She began her career in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where she taught English and English Language Development to a population made of up 99.9% Latinos, who either were or had been MLLs. Before becoming a professor, Dr. Soto also served LAUSD as a literacy coach and district office administrator. She has presented on literacy and language topics at various conferences, including the National Association for Bilingual Education ... More About Author

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