from: WeAreTeachers’s Page
Created by Judie Haynes
A presentation by the distinguished authors and professional leaders and friends Judie Haynes and Karen Nemeth. Full Powerpoint Presentation. Click here
No one is a native speaker of academic English.
As the formal written and spoken language of classrooms and professional workplaces, academic English often bears little resemblance to the social, everyday language one needs to communicate effectively in most situations.
It encompasses precise vocabulary, complex grammatical structures, and sophisticated forms of discourse. For English-language learners, acquiring academic language is often the highest hurdle to clear before they can be deemed proficient in English and be able to fully engage in the kind of rich and rigorous content necessary to succeed later in college and a professional work life.
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