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  • 1. ITS NOT THAT SIMPLE! STRATEGIES TO BUILD ACADEMIC WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM SYLVIA VAGO, ESL TEACHERENDEAVOUR SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL ESLIN WORKSHOP November 2011

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  • What teaching and learning strategies best support ESL/LBOTE students in writing paragraphs using academic language?

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  • ESL students have difficulty constructing sentences and paragraphs. (BICSCALP)
  • Students have difficulty in integrating concepts and vocabulary in writing.
  • Grammar taught should emphasise form and meaning in context of usage.

What are the issues? 4.

        • WHAT ARE THE DEMANDS?
  • Syllabus requirements: Richtasks/assessment tasks ~Content-driven learning
  • Language requirements:explanation, comparison, deconstructing visual texts,
  • Understanding cause and effect, graphs
  • writing paragraphs in different text types

5. How to achieve it

  • Backward map from assessment task to identify and plan language activities and strategies with KLA teacher.
  • Explicit teaching Sentence structure, grammar and punctuation.
  • Front-load information for better understanding

6. How to achieve it

  • Critical thinking skills: sequencing/ questioning/discussion
  • Scaffolds and models - message abundancy: concept and semantic maps and posters
  • Reading-recastingrewritinglanguage

7. What works

  • Authentic texts: relevance to KLA
  • Model and guided reading/writing of sentence structures (imperfect to perfect)
  • Teachgrammar and sentence structure of text types: PPP (present-practice-produce)
  • Scaffold the metalanguage: dictogloss, mix and match, jigsaw and cloze activities

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