Preparing English Language Learners for Academic Writing: A Functional Linguistic Approach

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In this presentation, we share a unit of lesson plans for teaching academic writing to middle school English language learners. Based on functional perspectives of language development and social practice theory, we illustrate how game-based activities can be structured to help ELLs move from less-literacy demanding, context-rich tasks to more literacy demanding, de-contextualized tasks in order to assist their development of academic vocabulary and understanding of theoretical concepts in writing such as audience and purposes. Implications for classroom structure and scaffolding for ELLs are discussed and demonstrated.


Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Annual Conference (GATESOL)


Macon, GA