English Language and Common Core

Part 1

Continuum of Second Language Acquisition

The process of acquiring a second language involves the gradual scaffolding of familiar vocabulary and concepts helping ELLs deepen their word knowledge. ELLs become better equipped to expand their knowledge from concrete to abstract, from explicit meanings to more obscure implicit meanings.

The Language Strand in Common Core Standards

The Common Core Strands include reading, writing, speaking and listening. Language includes conventions, word knowledge, and vocabulary acquisition and usage.