Academic English

Academic English refers to the student's ability to use their second language to learn and perform in their academic subjects.

Academic English tends to:
 

  • Be more precise and specific in reference (personal, object concepts, time, place, rational ,etc.) than everyday English.
  • Be more complex syntactically.  Be more dependent on "text" than on "context" for interpretation.
  • Be more cognitively demanding than everyday English.  Use distinctively grammatical constructions and devices, vocabulary, rhetorical conventions and disclosure markers, but not always.
  • Be learned in school - - but not without instructional attention.

Students' learn academic English through specific ESL instruction and in regular classrooms using appropriately modified materials.

 

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