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.