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English Language Learners in Your Classroom
Workshop #: CECO-15


As the school population of English Language Learners continues increasing rapidly across the United States, classroom teachers from K-12 are confronted with the great challenge of helping them acquire skills in English in addition to teaching them in the content areas. Many teachers do not have the training or knowledge to confront the task, and schools may not have the resources to assist them. This course provides them with the background necessary for meeting the needs of students from different countries and cultures including encouraging intercultural exchanges, information about assessment and the language learning process, cultural awareness, and a wide range of techniques and suggestions for offering a high quality learning experience for ELLs.

The course presents and analyzes the foundations of bilingual education for teachers to be able to understand and incorporate the most relevant aspects in their classrooms. As teachers gain expertise in the theory and methods of second language learning in general, they will learn to recognize the real level of ELLs, both in Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP). In addition, becoming familiar with the way English is taught around the world and ways to access their students’ schemas, educators will gain insights into how their ELLs have been exposed to the language previously and how they are accustomed to learning.

One of the main points in the course is that good instructional practices for ELLs will benefit all learners. Recommendations for an eclectic approach include assigning buddies, cooperative learning, reading strategies, and incorporating the arts to create a learning environment that will motivate all students to reach their full potential as human beings as well as academically.

Course Objectives: Participants will

  • understand the needs of ELLs to work with them accordingly
  • become more familiar with the situation of immigrants in the United States
  • become more culturally aware to create a multicultural classroom environment
  • learn how to sensitize English Only students to be able to help their ELL peers
  • understand how immigration affects education
  • understand the principles of bilingual education to apply them in the classroom
  • understand the process of language acquisition
  • learn techniques and methods for teaching a second language
  • assess ELL students in terms of BICS and CALP and first language literacy
  • learn how to individualize instruction for ELLs
  • integrate lessons with creative arts in the regular curriculum
  • prepare lessons keeping in mind the schema and particular needs of ELLs
  • be able to accommodate lessons for ELLs with different forms of scaffolding
  • encourage ELLs to read extensively in English
  • learn about the specific problems ELLs face in reading in English and helping them overcome them
  • learn different techniques to incorporate in content area lessons
  • learn how to involve the family and the community in the multicultural learning environment

Student Expectations:

This online course is experiential and interactive. Participants will engage in a variety of activities to learn, practice, and apply the skills outlined in the course. This will include workbook exercises, short answers that are reviewed by a moderator, quizzes, the development of written lessons using differentiated strategies, classroom implementation of these strategies, and analysis of both the lesson and the students’ response to the lesson. A final exam is also a part of the course. Participation in all of these areas is necessary for students to successfully complete the course with a passing grade.



Upon completion of the course, students can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see the Affiliations tab at the top of the main page,, or select How to Obtain Credits under the Obtaining Credits tab within your account.
Class Outline: Lesson 1
1a. Overview
1b. Immigration and the Changing School Population

Lesson 2
2a. Importance of Cultural Awareness
2b. Confronting Stereotypes and Prejudices
2c. The English Language
2d. Spanglish
2e. Nonverbal Communication
2f. Sign Language and Other Practical Applications for
     the Classroom

Lesson 3
3a. The Controversy
3b. Basis of Bilingual Education
3c. Kinds of Programs
3d. Classroom Applications
3e. First Language Literacy
3f. Good General Instructional Practices

Lesson 4
4a. Language Fun
4b. Five Stages of Language Acquisition
4c. Acquisition vs. Learning
4d. Grammar and Children
4e. Error Correction
4f. Overview of Other Methods and Techniques, From
     Traditional to Contemporary
4g. Use of Creative Arts (Music, Poetry, and Theater)
     for Language Acquisition
4h. Visuals - Thinking Maps, Foldables, and other

Lesson 5
5a. Collectivist vs. Individualist Societies and Their
5b. Other Differences in Education Between the United
     States and Other Countries
5c. Movements in Education
5d. Assessment and Competencies

Lesson 6
6a. Teaching Reading to ELLs - Introduction
6b. Scaffolding – Support to Fill in Gaps
6c. Vocabulary Development
6d. Phonics
6e. Reading Strategies
6f. The Reading Hypothesis

Lesson 7
7a. Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) and
     Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP)
7b. Approaching Texts in the Content Areas
7c. Information Texts for All Areas
7d. Thinking Maps
7e. Lesson Preparation

Lesson 8
8a. Assessment and Evaluation
8b. Assessment and Standardized Tests
8c. Formal and Informal Forms of Evaluation
8d. Competencies
8e. Assessing English Language Skills
8f. Reading
8g. Writing
8h. Student Self-Assessment
8i. Learning Contracts
8j. Conclusions

Lesson 9
9a. Teacher as Facilitator
9b. Emotional Factors
9c. Filling in the Gaps
9d. Factors in Rates of English Acquisition
9e. Involving Parents and Community

Final Exam
Contact Information:
425-788-7275 ext 104

Graduate credit is available after course completion for an additional fee from various universities.

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