Academic oral language will help students become more successful students that are better prepared for 21st-century college & careers. But it won't happen by magic. What I have learned as I have studied academic conversations is that they need to be deliberately planned. Students need to be given more opportunities to speak. Students need to practice speaking in different contexts, about different content for a multitude of purposes. Intentionally planning for academic oral language will not only help your ELL students, it will help all students. Here are some ways to incorporate oral language into content areas.