Academic Language and the Language of Poverty: Clarifying the Construct (Symposium)

2:00 - 3:30pm

Hotel Nikko, Carmel I

Presented at: American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2013 Annual Meeting

This symposium will convene scholars and researchers to present a critique of academic language as a separate construct from social language, and introduces current research efforts to understand how English learners interact, interpret, and show understanding of language in academic contexts in ways that re-think and go beyond the distinction between social and academic language. Academic language is pivotal for academic success and social capital yet; the genesis of the construct of academic language is contested in research literature, but maintains currency within and across teacher communities. In this session participants will refresh their knowledge regarding issues of language and content learning for English learners and discuss how the construct of academic language can be re-envisioned.