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Academic Language of the English-Language Arts

Introduction

If we were to survey the general population, we would most likely find that English-lan- guage arts teachers are some of the most: (1) prodigious readers; (2) preeminent writers; and (3) articulate speakers with sophisticated vocabularies. For example, have you ever driven your friends crazy at a cocktail party when you corrected their grammar, answered questions in complete, elaborated sentences, used synonyms to paraphrase what someone has just said, or, most annoying of all, gave the etymology and derivation for a word a friend just used? If so, you are indeed part of a very special group of educators, those

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