ESL Academic Speaking

All students, especially English learners need to have daily opportunities to speak in class. English learners are learning “basic English” outside of the classroom by watching television and learning from peers. The classroom environment is the only place where they will learn and practice academic English. For this reason, we need to be aware of how often we are expecting our students to speak in class and of how we are facilitating the process. For English learners to experience success in academic speaking, the teacher needs to establish a classroom where communication is moving in multiple directions. Students need to speak to each other, as well as to the teacher. The teacher needs to model how to speak using academic language and provide language support in the form of sentence starters, templates, and structured discussions. In this type of environment, students are expected to speak and contribute on a daily basis.

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
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