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Why Teach Academic Language?

Every day in American schools, teachers welcome more students whose first language is something other than English. According to the Pew Research Center, this demographic trend will only grow exponentially in coming years. In fact, Pew estimates up to 93% of our population will come from immigrant populations and their children by the year 2050. What do these numbers mean for schools? Here's the short answer: schools will need better ways to teach language generally, and academic language in particular. Why the importance? When students don't master academic language, they're at greater risk for falling behind or even dropping out of school. The Language of Textbooks Learning to speak, read, and write in English can be challenging enough. But without knowing academic language (e.g., general-instruction words like "summarize," math words like "times" as another way to say "multiplied by," or science words like "hypothesis"), English language learners can quickly fall behind in their progress.
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#WheresBooster Now? On Instagram, Of Course

It's easy to recognize Imagine Learning's most famous robot, Booster. He smiles and waves each time an Imagine Learning user logs on. And of course, he loves to give out lots of Booster Bits to his friends! Although Booster is usually content to spend time in Imagine Learning activities, for Valentine's Day he wants to travel to as many places as he can. And you can help him by following the instructions on this page.   Enter Imagine Learning's #WheresBooster Contest In past blog posts, we taught you how to draw Booster and use Booster's Valentine Creator to send a fun greeting to friends and family. But this Valentine's Day, we're trying something a little bit different with our first #WheresBooster contest on Instagram, open to both students and teachers.
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