Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms, Grades 5-12
November 2007, Jossey-Bass
Major topics and themes include:
- What is academic language and how does it differ by content area?
- How can language-building activities (discussions, small groups, etc.) support content understanding?
- How can we build language abilities for content reading and writing - and vice versa?
- How can we build on students' diverse ways of understanding, learning, and communicating about the world?
- How can we more effectively model and scaffold academic language in our teaching and assessment?
2 Language for Academic Thinking.
3 Cultivating Academic Language Acquisition.
4 Content-Area Variations of Academic Language.
5 Academic Classroom Discussions.
6 Academic Listening and Speaking in Small Groups.
7 Language for Academic Reading.
8 Language for Academic Writing.
9 Building Language into Lessons and Assignments.
Jeff Zwiers, Ed.D., works with teachers and schools nationally and internationally on the development of literacy, language, and content area instruction. He also teaches teacher education courses at Stanford University.
One of the few books to link language and literacy learning in the mainstream classroom.
Helps prepare students for high level academic discourse.
Benefits ESL and English-speaking students both.
Incorporates reading, writing, and thinking strategies.
Richly practical, it provides hundreds of classroom activities and examples from real-life classrooms.
Solidly grounded in theory, research, and practice.
Author is expert in field.
"As someone who prepares teachers on different continents to incorporate critical thinking into their teaching, I can state unequivocally that anyone interested in promoting thinking skills and their language, especially among English learners, will find dozens of highly effective strategies in this book." —Alan Crawford, Emeritus Professor, California State University, Los Angeles
"I sure wish this book had been published during my years of teaching adolescents and my years of training secondary teachers in content-based literacy! Rooted in his own extensive classroom teaching and research experience, Jeff Zwiers has written a gem which guides teachers on effective paths to bridge their students' personal and academic knowledge." —Susan Roberta Katz, Professor, International & Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco
"Zwiers shows and tells how to weave academic language into everything. He offers content teachers new ways to fortify familiar teaching strategies such that diverse students authentically internalize the language of school...I will definitely use this resource in my work with teachers and in my own teaching." —Kristin Stout, Teacher Coach and Professional Development Provider, Sequoia Union High School District, Redwood City, CA
"Jeff Zwiers has integrated current theory and research into an accessible volume that will undoubtedly appeal to future and practicing teachers as well as curriculum designers." —Ann M. Johns, Professor Emerita, San Diego State University
“Building Academic Language is a thoroughly practical book that is entirely well grounded in theory—it is, without doubt, the best discussion we have to date of academic language and its crucial impact on school success. The book a must read for anyone interested in reading, literacy, literacy across the curriculum, language development, or learning in the content areas.” —James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, Arizona State University