Language Objectives


Because my district has been rolling out SIOP this year, I have been inundated with hearing about the importance of language objectives. The unfortunate part of this is that there are numerous ways to create quality language objectives, and everyone seems to be a bit confused by them. As a new ELL teacher who has not yet been SIOP trained, I’ve found it to be a little overwhelming.

According to Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners at Colorin Colorado, “Language objectives are lesson objectives that specifically outline the type of language that students will need to learn and use in order to accomplish the goals of the lesson.” They focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking, but can include language functions (justify, explain, etc.), content vocabulary and/or language learning strategies that aid in comprehension. Follow the link to learn more about writing language objectives, aligning the objectives to the standards and provides specific examples of quality language objectives. Another website with wonderful resources regarding language objectives and SIOP is Granite Schools

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