Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

My students are speaking; now what? Building oral language is more than just talking. This session introduces structures to build students’ oral language through core academic conversations using the 5 core skills of academic conversations. The presenter offers strategies to increase interaction and facilitation of conversations and to develop methods for intentional practice of oral language.

Emergent Bilinguals and Complex Text: Understanding the Role of Academic Language Skills in Text Comprehension for Linguistically-Diverse Adolescents and their Classmates

This session will outline the challenges and successes of developing a newcomer program for high school students, highlighting techniques used in newcomer classes to bolster language development. Presenters will offer tips on how to create and develop curriculum.

Dr. Stephen Krashen’s research shows that without 100% comprehensible input, students cannot acquire another language. Because most ELL teachers do not share the native language of the students they are teaching, they need training on how to use a tool that can help them keep things comprehensible. TPR, or Total Physical Response, is based on brain research and published test results.

Sources of Reading Comprehension Difficulties in Adolescents:What Do We Know and What Can We Do About It?

Dr. Carreker guides teachers through common spelling errors and how recognizing the reasoning behind these errors can help guide corrective instruction. Dr. Carreker gives common examples of mixed up phonemics.

The following are discussed on connecting research to practice.

1.) Research to Practice Relationship
2.) Informed Educators
3.) Evidenced Informed Instructional Framework
4.) Informed Educational Environments
5.) What Now?

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