A program of the Lawrence Hall of Science that seeks to increase ocean literacy through informal and formal education initiatives
Marine Activities, Resources & Education

English Learners

MARE was designed specifically to address the needs of English language learners and other underrepresented students. MARE incorporates language acquisition theory and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) throughout the curriculum to promote English language development along with complex understandings of science concepts.

SDAIE refers to an approach for scaffolding the teaching of rigorous content and academic language in English to students who are just acquiring conversational skills in English.

The strategies, drawn from the research of Jim Cummins, Stephen Krashen, Kenji Hakuta, and others, employ small group configurations, carefully planned use of media, body language, graphic organizers and pictures, many forms of informal, low anxiety discourse and communication, jigsaw learning, and thematic instruction.

All these approaches increase comprehension of complex academic language by presenting them in an engaging, authentic, and linguistically contextualized setting.

Check it out…
Want to see examples of SDAIE strategies in the MARE curriculum? Download the MARE 5th grade Apples and Ocean activity (PDF, 815kb).