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Improving English Language Learner Instruction through the Use of Technology
Workshop #: CECO-18


This course explores technologies that support language development as well as academic achievement for K-12 English language learners. Emphasis is on technologies that support English language development and communication skills, such as dedicated software programs, websites, and other technology resources. In addition, participants will learn how technologies that were developed for other purposes, such as word processing, can be used in targeted ways to promote English language development. Participants will benefit from numerous resource links for improving English Language Instruction through the use of technology.

Course Objectives: Participants will

  • Provide a rationale for using language learning technologies to support ELLs’ English language development and academic achievement in English. Explain the role of input, interaction, and output in learning second languages. Describe the principles of content-based instruction for language development.
  • Identify the major phases in the field of language learning technology, or CALL. Identify the major CALL organizations and their resources and evluate software for functionality and content.
  • Describe various technologies that support content-based instruction, including native language resources and resources that provide suitable input, interaction, and output for learning and demonstrating mastery of content, depending on the learner’s level of English proficiency.
  • Describe various distance learning technologies and how they might be applied to teaching ESL, including course management systems (Blackboard, Moodle) and integrated online courseware (Elluminate)
  • Identify quality indicators for distance learning programs, pedagogical principles for engaging distance learning courses and various distance learning resources
  • Describe computer-mediated communication that facilitate language learning including, videoconferencing, instant messaging, bulletin boards, e-mail and social networking sites.

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, observation and analysis of lessons, coaching interactions with a coaching partner that include feedback and analysis of both the lesson and the coaching episode. 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. Building an instructional framework for language learning technologies
  1b. Learning a Second Language: Critical Elements
  1c.Input, Interaction, and Output: A Closer Look
  1d. Content-Based Instruction
  1e. How Instructional Technology Supports Ideal Learning Conditions for ELLs
  1f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 2
  2a.What can teachers of ELLs do with Language Learning Technologies?
  2b. Using LLT’s During Classroom Instruction
  2c. Using LLT’s to Supplement Classroom Instruction
  2d. Using LLT’s to Complement Classroom Instruction
  2e. Using LLT’s for Self-Directed Study
  2f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 3
  3a. Which comes first, the technology or the teaching?
  3b. Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles
  3c. Language Learning Pedagogy Part 1: Instruction SLA
  3d. Language Learning Pedagogy Part 2: Naturalistic SLA
  3e. Putting It All Together
  3f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 4
  4a. How do I judge the quality of a language learning technology?
  4b. Sources of CALL Software Evaluation Criteria
  4c. Technology Features of Instruction Software
  4d. Content Features of Instruction Software
  4e. Content of CALL Software and Web Resources
  4f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 5
  5a. Developing Oral Proficiency Skills: Listening Part 1
  5b. Developing Oral Proficiency Skills: Listening Part 2
  5c. Developing Oral Proficiency Skills: Speaking
  5d. Developing Oral Proficiency Skills: Pronunciation
  5e. Developing Vocabulary
  5f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 6
  6a. Developing English Reading Skills, Part 1
  6b. Developing English Reading Skills, Part 2
  6c. Developing English Writing Skills
  6d. Developing English Grammar skills
  6e. Comprehensive ESL Programs
  6f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 7
  7a. Exploring Differentiated Instruction
  7b. Content-based Instruction and Authentic Materials
  7c. Sheltered Instruction and the SIOP Model
  7d. Teaching content to ELLs in Mainstream Classes
  7e. Heritage and Native Language Instruction
  7f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 8
  8a. Presentation and Communication Tools
  8b. Interactive Tools
  8c. Word Processors and Desktop Publishing Tools
  8d. Web Page Editors and Wikis
  8e. Blogs and Podcasts

Lesson 9
  9a. Teaching and Learning Resources
  9b. Nutta’s Principles of Dynamic Distance Learning
  9c. Course Management of Programs for Distance Learning
  9d. Distance Learning for ESL
  9e. Blended Courses for ELLs
  9f. Supplementary Materials

Lesson 10
  10a. Computer-mediated Communication
  10b. Synchronous CMC
  10c. Asynchronous CMC
  10d. Using CMC to Develop Writing and Speaking Skills
  10e. Internet Safety

Lesson 11
  11a. Distance Communication and Learning Technologies
  11b. Training, Support, and Resources for Instruction Technology
  11c. General Teaching Resources
  11d. Course Management Systems
  11e. Grading Programs

Lesson 12
  12a. Language labs
  12b. Guidelines for Integrating LLTs into Instruction
  12c. Checklist for Incorporating LLTs
  12d. Diverse Classroom Contexts
  12e. Summary and Review

Final Exam

Contact Information: or 425-788-7275 ext 104


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

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