Say something: Teaching critical response
from By Eva Sullivan
All of my high school students are recent immigrants to the U.S. These teenagers pick up oral language and slang from their peers fairly quickly, but may lag far behind when it comes to academic language used in an instructional setting. I have to assume they don't hear this language outside of the classroom. Therefore, it is my job to teach them appropriate oral responses to classroom discussion — and how to respond to their peers.
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