(March 30, 2011) Learning the academic language of science can be tough for most students, but it is an even bigger challenge for students who are also learning English. Fortunately, teachers can structure their instruction in ways that support both the learning of science and the language of English in dynamic ways. Veronica Betancourt, M.A., an IDRA education associate, describes the first of seven research-based strategies IDRA has developed for delivering instruction differently for secondary students. The first strategy is: Building upon English learner language proficiency for effective science instruction. Veronica provides several examples for the classroom teacher that she has used in teacher training and mentoring. She is interviewed by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed. Send comments to
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