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James Cummins: BICS and CALP

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Published on May 31, 2013

This presentation explains Cummins' 1979 distinction between Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP). It defines and gives examples of classroom activities for each concept. At the end of the presentation, you can take a game that quizzes your mastery of the concepts. (Mary Acevedo, TESOL, authored this 15-minute Power Point lecture that has been converted to video.)

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