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Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Mathematics, Grades 6–8

Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Mathematics, Grades 6–8
Promoting Content and Language Learning

Foreword by Judit Moschkovich

May 2013 | 184 pages | Corwin
While most educational researchers and practitioners agree that that mastery of academic language is the key to students' academic success, many teachers are not well-versed in its major components and would benefit by learning how to integrate these components into curriculum and instructional assessment. The construct of academic language is of increasing importance to educators as the Common Core State Standards, the new national anchor for curriculum, instruction, and assessment, have set a high bar of rigorous and challenging content, especially for ELs and SELs. This title -- one of a seven book series -- will offer guidance to educators in how to target academic language in planning for student learning as states undergo the implementation of the Common Core and corresponding English language proficiency standards in preparation for the upcoming consortia-led assessments.
Foreword by Judit N. Moschkovich
About the Editors
1. Academic Language: A Foundation for Academic Success in Mathematics by Margo Gottlieb and Gisela Ernst-Slavit
CCSS for Mathematics and Related Academic Language
2. Grade 6: Exploring Possibilities With Geometric Solids by Amanda Villagomez and Kerri J. Wenger
3. Grade 7: Ratios and Proportions in Everyday Life by Zandra de Araujo
4. Grade 8: Are They Similar or Congruent? by Gladis Kersaint

“The importance of academic vocabulary is often overlooked, or educators assume that students have a solid understanding of it. This series neatly explains why it is vital and demonstrates how it is possible to focus on vocabulary instruction doesn’t take away from the conceptual lesson but actually enhances it.”

Julie Duford, Teacher
Polson Middle School, MT

In a time of growing English Language Learners in our classrooms, teachers need to be able to apply appropriate help for students as they learn the vocabulary necessary to increase academic vocabulary and concepts. This series offers teachers a practical support, complete with abundant rubrics and detailed plans for teaching math vocabulary that can only help teachers and their students!

Renee Peoples, Teacher
Swain County Schools, Bryson City, NC

With the many visuals, charts, activity suggestions, and examples of student-teacher conversations this series is a real-world resource for teachers.

Deb Bible, Literacy/Math Interventionist
Dundee Highlands Elementary School, West Dundee, IL

Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms is an invaluable resource for all K through 8th grade teachers, especially those working with diverse students. This book gives teachers both a clear explanation of academic language and specific strategies they can apply in their own classrooms. Throughout the book, contributors provide specific connections between the Common Core State Standards and Language Development Standards. Each chapter helps educators understand students’ academic language needs and, through a variety of classroom examples from each grade level, shows teachers how to teach academic language through content.“

Yvonne Freeman, Professor of Bilingual Education

“These volumes are packed with practical ideas that will help all teachers attend to language within their classrooms from the discourse level to word/phrase levels. This is a road map for teaching Common Core content in language rich classrooms, and hence a resource every teacher needs within arms reach! It’s all here and clearly presented; this is pure gold for everyone who teaches students to speak, listen, read and write in school, with special attention to English language learners. “

Tim Boals, Executive Director

Margo Gottlieb

Margo Gottlieb, Ph.D., is a staunch advocate for multilingual learners and their teachers. As co-founder and lead developer of WIDA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, Margo has helped design and contributed to all the editions of WIDA’s English and Spanish language development standards frameworks and their derivative products. Being a bilingual teacher, facilitator, consultant, and mentor across K-20 settings, she has worked with universities, organizations, governments, states, school districts, networks, and schools in co-constructing linguistic and culturally sustainable curriculum and reconceptualizing... More About Author

Gisela Ernst-Slavit

Gisela Ernst-Slavit, PhD, is a Professor in the College of Education at Washington State University Vancouver. She investigates language teacher education in culturally and linguistically diverse settings using ethnographic and sociolinguistic perspectives. In addition to other publications, she is co-author of Access to Academics: Planning Instruction for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs (Pearson, 2010), From Paper to Practice: Using the TESOL’s English Language Proficiency Standards in PreK-12 Classrooms (TESOL, 2009), and TESOL PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards (TESOL, 2006). Dr. Ernst-Slavit, a native from Peru, has given... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452234830