Academic Language Part II

Hello everyone,
Here is part 2 of the post I wrote on Academic Vocabulary.  Although vocabulary is an important component, it is only one cog on the wheel we call academic language. Read on for more information on the components of Academic Language!

Academic language is  complex  and requires us to teach students the following
·      phonological features of English
·      vocabulary and word formation
·      rules (Lexical knowledge)
·      grammar
·      discourse
·      cognition. 
Here is a little more detail on each of these important areas:

·      Phonological Features include the sound patterns and intonation of English.
o   Sounds of English
o   Sound patterns
o   Articulation
o   Pronunciation
o   Word stress

·      Vocabulary and Word Formation includes teaching prefixes, suffixes and roots, tier 1, 2, and 3 words (here is where academic vocabulary comes in), parts of speech, multiple meanings of words and the grammar rules that apply to word formation and usage.
o   Academic Vocabulary
§  Content words
§  Process/function words
§  Word parts

o   Word Formation
§  Prefixes
§  Suffixes
§  Root words
§  Compound words

Tomorrow the post will be continued and look at:

·      grammar
·      discourse
·      cognition
See you then!
Happy Teaching,

from Fun To Teach ESL – Teaching English as a Second Language


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