Students who use academic language do better in school. Students who use academic language get better grade. They are taken more seriously. They are more likely to be successful adults. Most children are good at using social language, the language they use to speak to their friends. But they need academic language as they grow to interact better at more formal places, such as the store, church, library, or other community areas.
So what is academic language? Academic language is the words, phrases, and sentence patterns your child needs to use to be more successful in school, college, and at a job. It includes subject specific words, such as those from science, history, and literature. It also includes formal language, typically having more syllables, having many meanings, and the language which illustrates your child is bright.
So how can you help your child use more academic language?
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.