Tag: discourse

Measuring Expressionism

Can a computerized assessment measure expressive language skills? This is an important question, since the ability to express ideas is one of the major indicators for College and Career readiness. Many times, I am asked this question in workshops. Participants inquire about expressive language skills because they...

Cutting to the Common Core: Disrupting Discourse

Kate Kinsella recommends launching an Academic Language Campaign to prepare diverse learners for the Common Core State Standards The Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) rolling out in 46 states aim to graduate all U.S. high school students with 21st century communication and literacy skills, career and college ready. These new national standards signal a pronounced shift in how academic...

The Role of Early Oral Language in Literacy Development

Timothy Shanahan and Christopher Lonigan explore the connection between early oral language development and later reading comprehension success  Supporting young children’s language and literacy development has long been considered a practice that yields strong readers and writers later in life. The results of the National Early Literacy Panel’s (NELP) six years of scientific research synthesis supports the practice and its...