Mentor Teacher Support

We believe that all students are engaged in a process of developing fluency in the forms (registers) of English that are associated with schooling (Gibbons, 2009).

These registers include:

  • Academic English (AE) -- the type of language (talk and text) used in classroom settings
  • Disciplinary English (DE) -- the type of language (talk and text) that is specific to each discipline or sub-discipline
  • In this sense, all students are English Learners
  • Thus, English Language & Literacy Development (ELLD) focused instruction integrates high quality and innovative instructional practices to explicitly support the development of fluency of academic and disciplinary English in both the oral and written modes.