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Upcoming Webinar: Cultivating Academic Language and Literacy in Science Instruction

Academic language is in! Following our posts about the Teaching Channel’s recent video series on developing ELLs’ academic language, we learned that the Education Connections Network will be hosting a free webinar on academic language this month. Titled “Cultivating Academic Language and Literacy,” the webinar will take place on Tuesday, December 9, from 1-2 pm…

Talk Moves

Using Pair and Group Work to Develop ELLs’ Oral Language Skills

In our last post, we shared information about the new Teaching Channel ELL series based on  Academic Conversations (2011) by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford featuring related classroom videos developed in partnership with the Oakland Unified School District. This week we’d like to delve deeper into these resources and provide strategies for building the oral…

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New video series: Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations

Sometimes the stars align and you find yourself in the middle of a conversation that lots of people are having at once! Following our recent series on using Socratic seminars with English language learners to build oral language skills, we learned about an exciting new video series from the Teaching Channel focused on academic conversations…

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New! Stanford MOOC: Constructive Classroom Conversations

Stanford’s Understanding Language Initiative has recently launched a set of MOOCs (massive open online courses) on student-to-student academic discourse, aimed at helping teachers better understand and facilitate high-quality classroom conversations across content areas and grade levels as part of the Common Core State Standards. There are separate courses for elementary and secondary grades. Instructors include:…

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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: A Close Reading of the Text (Part II)

In Part I of our series on Socratic circles and English language learners (ELLs), we provided you with an explanation of what Socratic circles are, how they’re relevant in the Common Core, and some general suggestions for scaffolding Socratic circles for ELLs. This week, in Part II & Part III of our series, we’d like…

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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: An Introduction (Part I)

In this three-part series, we would like to share some strategies for fostering English language learners’ (ELLs) oral language as part of Common Core-based instruction. Our focus will be on practical strategies for including ELLs in Socratic circles. First, we’ll offer some background on Socratic circles and provide video examples. Then, we’ll describe their connection…