English language learners and academic language
Helping English language learners develop proficiency in academic language has always been a priority for K-12 educators, and its importance has only been heightened with the advent of the Common Core. To better understand academic language, let's examine the distinction between two terms introduced by Jim Cummins, basic interpersonal communicative skills and cognitive academic language proficiency, that have impacted both policy and practices in second language education.
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