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Chapter Four: Fostering Literacy With Grammar and Syntax
Both ELL and SEL students need to read and write academic texts. Teachers can help students develop academic literacy by teaching the grammar and syntax of academic language. All too often, the focus of instruction is on vocabulary, but as we discussed in Chapter 2, academic texts pose challenges beyond the word level. In this chapter we discuss how teachers can support ELLs and SELs by teaching the grammar and syntax of academic texts.
To help ELLs and SELs develop academic language proficiency, teachers can teach grammar and syntax by focusing on different levels starting with the text level and then moving to the ...