I just attended a conference on English Academic Language here at Boston College. I had a great time and got a lot of useful information regarding programs for adolescents ELLs. Margarita Calderon out of John’s Hopkins University had a great presentation on two professionals development programs for teaching academic language to adolescents using the science and social studies curriculum. This is definitely worth exploring the are called Rigor and Exc-Cell both by her. They contain a professional development components researched in the New York Public School System and Exc-Cell also has a curriculum. Both focus on enhacing CALP or academic language for ELLs not while they are missing the reading and english language arts curriculum but as an added curriculum during science and social studies. Does this soung familiar?
Claudia is a Full Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Claudia is a researcher, consultant, and teacher educator committed to addressing the needs of bilingual students who are learning English and have a disability.