Giving students a maximum number of opportunities to apply their knowledge and understanding of content and language is vital to their learning. Applying knowledge is, after all, what we expect our students to be able to do.
Most of us are pretty good at giving students practice with the content (E.g. do these 10 multiplication problems). We also need to cultivate this same skill with our students' language usage (E.g. ask your partner, "what's the product of 2 and 6")?
Students need to be scaffolded into being able to apply content and language effectively.
This Gradual Release of Responsibility is how we empower students to practice langauge they need to own.
It can be challenging to make sure that students practice language in addition to content. Practicing the language is not always the same as practicing the content. While it is always best to have them practice both together, we need to make sure they are really practicing language.
Here are three ways to stimulate language practice:
TESOL Trainers can make SIOP come alive for all teaching staff. Our use of experiential learning, engaging lessons, and scores of easy-to-use techniques empowers teachers with new approaches to connecting students to the language, the content, and one another.
John Kongsvik, the director of TESOL Trainers, presents a model lesson on run-on sentences here. The 150 participating teachers become students an get a feel for what the lesson is like through the eyes of a learner.
Everyone who participates in our professional development says the same thing: "This was the best workshop I have ever attended."
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