Happy Thursday! Many teachers ask what the definition is of many of the words we use in English Language Development (ELD). Here are the definitions of a few I would like to share with you today. What are some of the words you get asked about or words you want defined?
Academic Language: Formal language that is usually found in assessments and text books. It is the part of language associated with literacy and uses precise and specific vocabulary and technical terms.
Academic Words: Words specific to a particular content or concept.They are the words a student must understand in order to access the curriculum of a certain academic content area.
BICS: Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills
CALP: Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency
Cognates: Words in different languages related to each other by the same root.
Descriptors: Broad categories of behaviors that students can demonstrate when they have met a standard.
False Cognates: Words from different languages that sound alike and are similar in form but are unrelated in meaning.
Fluency: The ease of comprehension in listening and reading and production speaking and writing.
Forms: Building blocks of language
Functions: the reason to communicate