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Progressing Students' Language Day by Day

Progressing Students' Language Day by Day

Foreword by Paola Uccelli

January 2019 | 240 pages | Corwin

Because content and language learning go hand in hand

New content standards integrate content and language in ways prior standards have never done. That’s why it’s so critically important that teachers attend to both content and language development when introducing new subject matter, especially for English learners. Here’s your opportunity to get started tomorrow and every day thereafter: Alison Bailey and Margaret Heritage’s all-new Progressing Students’ Language Day by Day.

What’s so utterly ground-breaking about this book is Bailey and Heritage’s Dynamic Language Learning Progression (DLLP) process: research-based tools for obtaining much deeper insight into a student’s language progress, then for identifying the most appropriate instructional steps to elevate language proficiency and content knowledge. Step by step, Bailey and Heritage describe how to

  • Engage with students to advance their development of sophisticated, high-leverage language features for explaining content 
  • Use the DLLP approach to formative assessment, then plan  your teaching in response to assessment evidence
  • Examine words, sentences, and discourse --the three dimensions of language that are part of the DLLP process for cultivating language development
  • Discover how leadership support and communities of practice (CoPs) can facilitate a successful and sustainable implementation of the DLLP process

Listen more closely and uncover new ways to advance content learning with Progressing Students’ Language Day by Day directly by your side.

“Alison Bailey and Margaret Heritage open our eyes to the often invisible and context-specific language demands embedded in content learning. Understanding the ubiq¬uitous and highly influential role of language in learning takes time and effort but leads to transformative practice. Progressing Students’ Language Learning Day by Day offers an insightful and concrete framework to begin this transformation.”

— Paola Uccelli, Professor of Education, 
Harvard University

Foreword by Paola Uccelli
About the Authors
About the Contributors
Chapter 1. Definitions and Contexts
Chapter 2. What Is the DLLP Approach?
Appendix 2A: Research Methods and Protocols

Appendix 2B: Directions for Teachers’ Tool for Documenting Language Features in the Classroom for Formative Purposes

Chapter 3. Formative Assessment
Chapter 4. Word Features of the DLLP Approach
Appendix 4A: Practice Finding the “Best Fit” on Sophistication of Topic-Related Vocabulary

Appendix 4B: Student Self-Assessment DLLP Graphic

Appendix 4C: Practice Finding the “Best Fit” on Sophistication of Verb Forms

Appendix 4D: Practice Finding the “Best Fit” on Expansion of Word Groups

Chapter 5. Sentence Features of the DLLP Approach
Appendix 5A: Practice Finding the “Best Fit” on Sophistication of Sentence Structure

Chapter 6. Discourse Features of the DLLP Approach
Appendix 6A: Practice Finding the “Best Fit” on Coherence/Cohesion

Appendix 6B: Discourse Connector Lists

Appendix 6C: Practice Finding the “Best Fit” on Establishment of Advanced Relationships Between Ideas

Appendix 6D: Practice Finding the “Best Fit” on Stamina

Appendix 6E: Practice Finding the “Best Fit” on Perspective-Taking

Appendix 6F: Written Language Features of the DLLP Approach

Chapter 7. Leadership and Communities of Practice to Support DLLP Implementation
Appendix 7A: Agendas for Communities of Practice


"I’ve worked with ‘mainstream’ content area teachers in my role as a program developer and school change coach for many years, focused on building their skill in working with the English Learners in their classrooms. In the past I’ve relied heavily on promoting the sheltered instruction practices (i.e. SIOP) that we know help make content accessible for students who are learning language. But until the DLLP appeared, we’ve never had a tool that allows mainstream teachers to understand where their students are in terms of their English language development.

"I see the need most immediately when teachers tell me standards-based assessments don’t reflect what they know their students know. What they are really saying is their students lack the language skills to provide rigorous, academic explanations of their knowledge. As a former science teacher, I could not be satisfied with watching a student engage in a lab activity. They also needed the scientific language skills to explain what they had done and what their results were. Guessing that they understood the concepts while failing to nourish and build their scientific language skills meant I was only doing half my job.

"The DLLP provides the tools to dig in and understand where students are in terms of their specific language development, and gives insight to every teacher on how to support and build those skills. The progressions are clear and intuitive, you don’t need to be a linguistics expert to work with them. In my role as a program developer the DLLP has been a game changer, giving ME a language and a skill I can support and nurture in all the teachers I work with."

Laureen Avery, Director, Northeast Regional Office
Center X-Teacher Education Program/UCLA

"Despite the importance of language development for English Learner (EL) school success, teachers have surprisingly few research-based tools that enable them to observe and guide the language development process as it unfolds. This book provides “Dynamic Language Learning Progressions” that serve as a clear and easy-to-use framework for maximizing language learning and promoting formative progress monitoring in classrooms. WIDA is thrilled to have sponsored this ground-breaking work."

Tim Boals, Ph.D. WIDA Founder and Director

"While teaching academic core content is what teachers focus on, teaching the language of the content to support English learners is a challenge. Alison Bailey, Margaret Heritage and colleagues skillfully weave these two together. They provide strategies for teachers to not only make the content language accessible to students, but also to demonstrate how to assess students’ ability to explain the content being taught through the DLLP. Teachers at Hope Online Learning Academy have begun implementing the DLLP. One teacher commented, “When I started applying more language strategies to whole group instruction, I noticed a difference in my students' oral language progressions.” The DLLP strategies in Progressing Language Day-by-Day will benefit all teachers who work with English learners."




Carol Prais, English Language Specialist
Hope Online Learning Academy

"Progressing Students’ Language Learning Day by Day is a practical guidebook which should be on every teacher’s bookshelf, dog-eared because of its valuable content and easy to implement style. The language development structures are applicable to all grade levels and all subjects areas especially since all of our classrooms are language development classrooms."

Michele R. Dean, Ed.D. Field Placement Coordinator & Lecturer, California Lutheran University
California Lutheran University

"Formative assessment and analyzing student work can help teachers to better target their instruction of students.  The Dynamic Language Learning Progression (DLLP) approach to making use of formative assessments and for planning and implementing instruction across the content areas explored in Bailey and Heritage's work will help all teachers to better meet the needs of the diverse learners, not only the English learners acquiring English as an additional language in their classrooms."

Katherine Lobo, ESL Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Newton South High School and Brandies University
Newton South High School and Brandies University

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