Understanding Language Acquisition for English Language Learners (with Kathy Salmon)
Teaching ELLs is more than "just good teaching". By understanding some basic language acquisition theory teachers can better select appropriate materials, resources, strategies and supports for the ELLs they teach. This interactive session will introduce teachers to basic language acquisition theory including Cummin's BICs and CALP, Krashen's Comprehensible Input, Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development, Roessingh's Vocabulary Thresholds and Oxford's Strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to connect the theory to their practice during the session.
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Handouts and Resources
Introduction to ESL Theory.ppt
More than Good Teaching Intro to Language Acquisition Handout.docx
About the Facilitator
This resource was developed by ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.