Let’s Talk about Academic Language


Watch the video So…What’s Academic Language? (11 minutes) to learn more about what academic language is, apply it to your own content area, and review possible supports to help students develop the academic language they need. Note that you will need to log in with your TU NetID and password in order to view the video.

Alternatively, you can read the So…What’s Academic Language? transcript.

View the academic language infographic for a quick overview of academic language terminology and links to useful language support ideas.

SCALE Resources

Please click on your professional program to access the edTPA academic language resources for your subject area. (You will need to log in with your TU NetID.) By accessing the documents below, you agree not to copy, redistribute, or publish any part of edTPA.

Other Helpful Guides

  • Chapter 1: Academic Language – from Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners by Jane D. Hill and Kirsten B. Miller
  • Academic Language Functions – chart from Colorin Colorado outlining examples of different language functions and suggested supports

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