About Academic Language

Academic language is the oral, written, visual, and auditory language needed by students to understand and communicate within and across the disciplines. Academic language is the language used in classrooms, textbooks, and assignments and includes discipline-specific vocabulary, rhetorical conventions, syntax, symbols, grammar and punctuation. Some examples of academic language may include terms such as interpret, context, analyze, concept, critique and  perspective.

This site includes academic language resources for educators. These resources have been carefully curated to provide support for teacher educators and pre-service teachers.

We would like to thank the following educators who have so graciously assisted with the creation of this resource:

Susan Ranney, PhD., University of Minnesota


Teaching About Academic Language: 15 Things I would like educators to know by Susan Ranney, from the Teacher Education Pedagogies Learning Series