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ESL Glossary

 

ESL Glossary

 

English language learners (ELLs):

 linguistically and culturally diverse students who have been identified (by a WIDA screener             and other placement criteria) as having levels of English language proficiency that require language support to achieve grade-level content in English.

 

L1:

the first language a student acquires; usually refers to a home language(s) other than English, although for some English language learners, L2 (English) may be developing simultaneously alongside L1

 

L2:

the second language a student acquires; usually refers to English as an additional language 

 

Language proficiency:

a person’s competence in processing (through listening and reading) and producing (through speaking and writing) language 

 

Levels of language proficiency:

the division of the second language acquisition continuum into stages descriptive of the process of language development; the WIDA ELD Standards have six levels of language pro ciency: 1–Entering, 2–Emerging, 3–Developing, 4–Expanding, 5–Bridging, and 6–Reaching 

 

Productive language:

communicating meaning through the language domains of speaking and writing 

 

Receptive language:

the processing of language through listening and reading 

 

Social language:

the everyday registers used in interactions outside and inside school 

 

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