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Learning Academic Content Through English

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Overview

Join us for this webinar to explore ways students can learn to learn from academic content while developing their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English. Students learn a new language best when they are engaged with interesting topics and authentic texts. This content piques their curiosity, motivates them to learn more, and give them opportunities to practice the language in academic contexts.

Using an enquiry-based approach focuses students on a big, strategic question that encourages them to make connections with what they already know, and also to work with key science or social studies concepts and language. This ‘Big Question’ sets a purpose for students to read the content-rich texts and to talk with peers in response to comprehension questions so they build a deeper understanding of the topics. Teachers can also use Big Questions as jumping off points for vocabulary, phonics, grammar, and writing instruction and provide students with opportunities to be creative while integrating their growing knowledge of the content and English through oral presentations and writing projects.

About the Speakers

Deborah J. Short, Ph.D. directs Academic Language Research & Training, and provides professional development on academic literacy, content-based ESL/EFL, and sheltered instruction worldwide. She has directed research projects and program evaluations related to English learner education and co-developed the SIOP Model for sheltered instruction while at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Publications include Reach Higher, Panorama, Inside, Edge, and other textbooks (National Geographic Learning/Cengage), the 6 Principles books (TESOL), SIOP Model books (Pearson), and professional journal articles. She has taught ESL and EFL, in New York, California, Virginia, and the DR Congo. She is TESOL’s President-Elect for 2019-2020.