Supporting English Language Learners’ Academic Language Proficiency

This study focuses on the academic language skills needed for English language learners, scaffolds teachers utilize to support development of academic language, classroom engagement, and the promotion of academic language proficiency. The goals of this project are to identify the terminology that is commonly used throughout daily instruction, the instructional support that is used to assist students in acquiring and applying this language, the types of engagement that student engage in during instruction, and the approaches that are necessary for language proficiency. This project will include classroom observations of instruction, review of student work, and teacher surveys. As parents have already signed the UCLA Lab School blanket consent form, they are not required to sign any additional forms at this time. Any questions about this study should be directed to Dr. Christine Peterson, UCLA visiting scholar and principal investigator at or (412) 400-5466.