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This Edition: Talk Moves | Encourage Active Participation | Academic Discussion Video Playlist

Students practice "talk moves" by adding ideas, asking questions, and agreeing.
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Students use a protocol that helps encourage active participation.
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Enter three classrooms where English learners engage in academic conversations.
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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful break. It’s now time to get back into our teaching and learning routines. Does your routine allow time for students to talk in class? Not just chatter — I’m talking about giving students time for academic conversations and discussions. This month Tch is focused on English language learners. Allowing ELLs the opportunity to express themselves orally is tremendous. Not only will they have a better understanding of the language but they will gain confidence in themselves and begin to excel in all subject areas.

There are many ways to provide the opportunity for academic conversations in your classroom. I especially like Socratic seminar because students independently question and discuss literature, largely without my interference. For more ideas, check out our Video Playlist: Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations. There are five great tips for engaging all students in academic discussion. Enjoy — and be sure to try one of the strategies with your students this month.

PS. Interested in joining the Fab Five Tch ELL Squadster Team? Don’t delay — the application deadline has been extended to January 14.
Sarahmaria l perryman
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
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Jeff Zwiers shares three strategies to help develop students' oral language skills.

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