Discussion

Topic 1 DQ 1

According to Jim Cummins, social language (BICS) takes 1-3 years while academic language (CALPS) is more difficult and takes 5-8 years to develop. How can teachers help English language learners develop academic language? How can teachers reach out to students who are in the Silent Period?
  
Topic 1 DQ 2

Based on key legislation pertaining to English language learners (ELLs) in your state, describe the characteristics of the English immersion program in terms of instructional strategies, time spent in the classroom with other ELL students, and time spent in regular classrooms with native speakers. You can find this information on the Department of Education website of your state.