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Building Academic Language (Grades 7-12)


Course Description

With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by most of the United States, students need help developing their understanding and use of language within the academic context. This is crucially important throughout middle school and high school, as the subjects discussed and concepts taught require a firm grasp of language to understand the complexities of the subject matter. Building Academic Language shows teachers what they can do to help their students grasp language principles and develop the language skills they’ll need to reach their highest levels of academic achievement.


Building Academic Language, Grades 7 – 12


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Course Presenter

Jeff Zwiers, Ed.D.

Jeff Zwiers, Ed.D., is a senior researcher at Stanford University. He has taught elementary, middle, and high school students in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the United States. He has taught graduate courses on language development, bilingual education, and content literacy at Stanford University and the University of San Francisco. He works with teachers and schools to promote academic language development, critical thinking, disciplinary literacy, and formative assessment practices.

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