Teaching English Language Learners Across the Curriculum, Part I, T&L 2900

How can academic content be delivered in the classroom so that English language learners succeed in all subjects? This course provides participants with model instructional and assessment practices that enhance English language learners' understanding and achievement across all content areas. Participants first learn the foundations of language development and language acquisition, which prepares them to design and modify activities for their ELL's different English proficiency levels. Presenter Elizabeth Jim?nez demonstrates strategies for assessing student knowledge, identifying language learning objectives, and developing differentiated instructional lessons. She introduces research-based pedagogical practices that promote comprehension, such as background building; frontloading vocabulary; using graphic organizers to enhance higher order thinking; leveraging the primary language to facilitate learning; using culturally responsive materials; and employing media, technology and other visual supports to enhance learning. Participants learn how to preview their textbooks for idiomatic expressions and multiple meaning words and to plan lessons that incorporate academic language development and utilize primary language cognates.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • The processes and stages of language acquisition
  • The factors that influence second language development
  • The characteristics of culturally responsive instruction
  • How to communicate with and engage families and the community BICS and CALP
  • Issues of validity and reliability in assessment of English language learners
  • How to use scaffolding in ESL instruction

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