In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to deliver academic content in the classroom so English language learners can succeed in all subjects. You will explore model instructional and assessment practices that enhance English language learners’ understanding and achievement across all content areas by first learning the foundations of language development and language acquisition. This will then prepare you to design and modify activities for your ELL’s different English proficiency levels. You will have the opportunity to examine strategies for assessing student knowledge, identify language learning objectives, and develop differentiated instructional lessons. By the end of the course, you will have had the chance to preview your textbooks for idiomatic expressions and multiple meaning words and plan lessons that incorporate academic language development and utilize primary language cognates.
In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to apply English language learner strategies in all four domains of language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. By observing several classrooms where English language learners are engaged in content‐based ESL lessons, you will learn how to plan for and address task difficulty through sheltered instruction techniques (or SDAIE). You will become versed in ESL techniques and the benefits of various instructional supports, such as team teaching, peer tutoring, educational technology, and working with bilingual paraprofessionals to support student learning. By the end of the course you will have explored the importance of students’ culture, learn how to organize lessons around meaningful themes, how to communicate effectively with families, and how to engage families and communities in student learning.