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ELL Reading: Teaching Strategies for K-12
Workshop #: CECO-21


This course focuses on effective strategies for English language reading instruction. Learn practical techniques and methods for teaching reading in any ELL environment. Explore key issues related to the successful teaching of reading, such as the role of reading within an ELL curriculum and detailed classroom teaching techniques. Topics include, engagement, motivation, modeling, intensive and extensive reading, vocabulary challenges, comprehension skills, reading rate, reading strategies lesson planning, selecting materials and assessment. This course provides many practical approaches and strategies to improve teaching and learning in the ELL reading environment.

Course Objectives: Participants will

  • Assess students’ level of motivation, and use strategies for motivating, engaging, and inspiring students in the reading classroom, and discover how students’ first-language (L1) reading skills impact their second language (L2) proficiency, especially in regard to reading.
  • Integrate intensive and extensive reading in their curriculum, working with students to develop their reading rate and become more confident, fluent, and engaged readers.
  • Integrate vocabulary teaching into reading curriculum using very valuable high-frequency word lists.
  • Design a strong curriculum using the components of effective lesson planning, including how to integrate other language skills along with reading, come up with teaching objectives, sequence your activities, and measure your effectiveness.
  • Assess students’ learning through formative and summative testing, and support the students as they prepare for standardized tests like the TOEFL and IELTS.

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. Introduction
  1b. How to Help Your Students Value Reading
  1c. Helping Administrators See That Reading Is Important
  1d. What Makes a Good Reading Teacher?
  1e. Summary
  1f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 2
  2a. Introduction
  2b. How Motivated Are Your Students?
  2c. The Keys to Motivation
  2d. 10 Strategies for Motivating Your Students
  2e. Summary
  2f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 3
  3a. Introduction
  3b. Children and Literacy
  3c. Adults and Literacy
  3d. What About a Bilingual Teaching Approach?
  3e. Summary
  3f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 4
  4a. Introduction
  4b. Why Is Intensive Reading So Important?
  4c. What Skills Should You Teach?
  4d. How Do You Teach Intensive Reading?
  4e. Summary
  4f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 5
  5a. Introduction
  5b. The Importance of an Extensive Reading Approach
  5c. How to Tell If Your Students Are Learning
  5d. How to Integrate Extensive Reading Into Your Reading
  5e. Summary
  5f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 6
  6a. Introduction
  6b. The Challenges of Teaching Vocabulary
  6c. High-Frequency Word Lists
  6d. How Do You Teach Vocabulary?
  6e. Summary
  6f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 7
  7a. Introduction
  7b. Think-Aloud Protocols
  7c. Questioning the Author
  7d. Using Graphic Organizers
  7e. Justify Your Comprehension
  7f. Supplementary Materials

Lesson 8
  8a. Introduction
  8b. Targeting and Teaching Reading Rate
  8c. Reading Activities: Part 1
  8d. Reading Activities: Part 2
  8e. Summary
  8f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 9
  9a. Introduction
  9b. What Are Reading Strategies?
  9c. How-to’s of Teaching Strategies: Part 1
  9d. How-to’s of Teaching Strategies: Part 2
  9e. Summary
  9f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 10
  10a. Introduction
  10b. How Can I Integrate Other Language Skills?
  10c. How Do I Write Teaching Objectives?
  10d. How Can I Develop My Lesson and Evaluate Progress?
  10e. Summary
  10f. Supplementary Material

Lesson 11
  11a. Introduction
  11b. Designing a Reading Curriculum
  11c. Working With Your Textbook
  11d. Supplementing the Textbook
  11e. Supplementary Material

Lesson 12
  12a. Introduction
  12b. What Is Formative Testing?
  12c. What Is Summative Testing?
  12d. How Can I Help Students With Standardized Tests?
  12e. Summary
  12f. Supplementary Material

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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