WIDA Can Do Descriptors
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Your ELLs may interact well with classmates
but be floundering academically.
BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills)
may be learned quickly.
However, CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency)
may take 5 to 10 years to acquire.
If your students are unable to understand your language arts
or social studies lessons,
they have acquired BIC skills but lack CALP.