Grammar-Incorporating Language Structures into Instruction

During this session we discussed theories regarding grammar instruction for English Language Learners. We read about the Natural Order Hypothesis, the Monitor Hypothesis, the Active Construction of Grammar Theory, and Insights from Linguists. We looked at the new ELP standards and we identified the levels of academic language: discourse level, sentence level, and word/phrase level. We discussed some syntactic challenges and transfer issues ELL students face and we looked at an example from a 6th grade text. We evaluated two sample lessons that incorporated language structures into instruction. We discussed the standards, language structures, and objectives that included a content and language focus. We explored various tools we can use to support ELL students with grammar. For a list of resources, click here. To view our entire presentation, click here. To access the entire collection, click here.

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