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“My kids seem to speak English well, but when it comes to academic tasks, they struggle.”

We often wonder why English learners have a difficult time with standardized tests and essays in content areas but are able to communicate with peers and get along fairly well on a day-to-day basis.

The reason behind it may be that academic language is different from everyday language. Academic language takes from 5-7 years to acquire while social or conversational language (often known as BICS or ‘basic interpersonal communicative skills’ – coined by Jim Cummins) only takes 2-3 years.

What we know for sure is…



This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Valentina Gonzalez

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