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Academic discourse

the extended language structures used to communicate knowledge of different academic content areas. Academic discourse includes academic vocabulary, but refers specifically to linguistic structures and functions beyond the word-level that are needed to demonstrate academic knowledge.

Academic language

the vocabulary and language structures used to communicate knowledge of different academic content areas

Academic vocabulary

words and concepts related to an academic discipline or content area; the formal words used to communicate ideas across content areas

Accuracy

the ability to read words in a text with no errors

Action Step

one of a set of steps for each component of the TSLP that are designed to support implementation at the site/campus level

Age-appropriate

suitable for a particular age or age range

Assessment

a method educators use to measure and document the academic readiness, learning and development progress, and skill acquisition of students (Abbott, 2013)

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