Second Language Concepts and Theories

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Description of five (5) critical concepts or theories that we learned in this course that relate to second language learning and teaching.

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  • The Prism Model
  • We are ELLs and we will be bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.
  • Zone of Proximal Development
  • I think I still need help
  • Zone of Proximal Development
  • I got this!
  • Common Underlying Language Proficiency (CULP)
  • Common Underlying Language Proficiency (CULP) BICS & CALP
  • A theory developed by Dr. Thomas and Dr. Collier that explains the correlation between cognitive, sociocultural, academic, and linguistic processes that influence the first and second language acquisition in school context.
  • Dual Language Instruction
  • The difference of what children can do on their own and what they can accomplish with support from others.
  • Collaborative Learning
  • There is a midpoint where the native language decreases and the second language increases if the native language is not kept.
  • The students who receive part of the instruction in their native language are more successful in standardized tests performed in English than those students who receive instruction in English only.
  • In cooperative learning, students learn from each other and the teacher serves as a guide or facilitator.
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