Title No. EDU4499E)
Teaching Your First English
Proficiency Level: Mastery
Subject(s):Foreign Languages,Language Arts
and Reading,Guidance,Health Education,Industrial
Education,Interdisciplinary,Leadership Training,Multicultural Education,Music,Parent
Education,Psychology,Science,Social Science,Volunteer,Special Education,Technology,Computer
Education,Mathematics,Business,Art,Career Tech,Library Media,Basic
Description:The number of English language
learners is increasing at a rapid pace. Many classroom teachers have had
little to no experience with instructional strategies to help students
acquire English while at the same time teaching required
content. This course will introduce regular classroom teachers to
strategies proven to be effective for Ells. The first sessions
will provide background knowledge in the concepts of social and academic
language, culture in the classroom and English language proficiency
standards. The remaining class periods will explore resources,
effective strategies, and classroom activities for English language learners.
Pre-requisites: This course is designed for independent study over a
6-week period one-on-one with a course facilitator, although the course can
be completed in as little as 3 weeks. Enrollment is open for any start date
within the three-month course window.
This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists,
curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school
personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to
computers. In addition, participants should be proficient with
using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.
Objectives: This course will enable participants to:
1. identify stages of second language acquisition and use the TESOL and WIDA
Language Proficiency Standards to design language objectives for all
2. use effective strategies for acquisition of
English and content for English language learners.
3. identify and select academic vocabulary and
English for specific purposes and develop academic language/vocabulary
building activities in the classroom for Ells and ALL learners.
4. share on-line resources with class members that
can be used to support the development of skills as teachers of Ells.
5. participate in course discussion forums about
effective strategies for English language learners by sharing thoughts and
experiences connected to course readings and activities.