A Tool to Engage All Learners in Academic Conversations


  • Sarah J. Ferris


Talk provides a foundation for how we learn language and advance as literate individuals. Talking helps us form thoughts, engages us in deeper learning with others, and plays a key part in how we learn to read and write. In this article, Accountable Talk®, which comes from researchers through the Institute for Learning (University of Pittsburgh), is defined. The focus of the article is to give suggestions for teachers to get started using a talk move called “revoicing” while outlining the benefits it has for English Learners (ELs) and for all students. Tips are provided for getting started with using revoicing, while showing how it sounds through specific examples. Readers may refer to the additional resources and think about their own practice through several reflection questions at the end of the article as they consider ways to structure discourse in their classrooms.