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
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
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.
Please read the course syllabus to fully understand the content and purpose for this course. Participants will have a maximum of 105 days to complete the course.
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CPE Credit: 45 hours
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