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Teaching English Language Learners (ELL): An Introduction

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Teaching English Language Learners (ELL): An Introduction

Humboldt State University

  • Tuition: $375.00
  • Tuition: $345.00
  • (You Save: $30.00)
  • Hours: 45.00
  • University Credits: 3.00
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What you need to know

CE Credits Online and Humboldt State University Extended Education are pleased to offer you online professional development courses designed to improve teaching and student achievement.

  • Standards-based
  • Asynchronous – start at any time
  • Self-paced – work at your own convenience
  • Completely online – no commuting, parking, missed classes and no dress code!
  • User friendly and engaging with numerous videos that model new strategies and skills
  • Facilitated by highly trained moderators.

Humboldt State University (HSU): HSU offers post baccalaureate, 700 level credits based on a semester system. The credit fee due from the student is $50 per credit.  

Initiating Your University Credit Request
CE Credits Online is the course provider and Humboldt State University is the accrediting institution. The HSU Office of Extended Education issues the university credit, and there is a fee of $50 per credit.  Upon completion of your course, you have two weeks to apply and pay for university credit.   University credit fees are not included in the price listed.  Once we have verified that all your coursework is completed and approved, and we have received the credit fees, your paperwork, along with the fees, will be sent to Humboldt State University for processing at the end of each month. The processing of your credits can take up to 6-8 weeks from the time of your request.

For more information regarding this process you may visit University Affiliations.

Course Description

Course Description:

This course focuses on effective strategies for English language instruction. Participants will go beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to explore and implement innovative ways of teaching vocabulary and grammar, listening and speaking, reading and writing, and designing fair and accurate assessments. Learn more about ELL (English language learner) students and their needs and how to choose the most appropriate materials and activities for the classroom. Explore how teachers can choose and fine-tune the principles that exactly fit their teaching situation. Participants will rethink the traditional native vs. non-native distinction, see why teaching English is so different from teaching other subjects, and explore innovative approaches like Communicative Language Teaching and the lexical approach.

Course Objectives: Participants will

  • Use a number of general language-teaching principles to guide your choice of classroom activities.
  • Discover some different ways to select and teach words and phrases that are especially useful for your students, and get to know the lexical approach.
  • Examine listening, speaking, and reading skills while exploring what you can do to help learners communicate more effectively in English and improve their comprehension and reading speed.
  • Select appropriate tasks and topics to help your students compose texts more effectively with a better sense of why writing is the most challenging ability for language learners.
  • Be a more effective and reflective teacher, as well as see the importance of continuing your professional growth now and throughout your career.
Syllabus
  • Course:
    Teaching English Language Learners (ELL): An Introduction
  • Prerequisites:
    None

Course Description:

This course focuses on effective strategies for English language instruction. Participants will go beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to explore and implement innovative ways of teaching vocabulary and grammar, listening and speaking, reading and writing, and designing fair and accurate assessments. Learn more about ELL (English language learner) students and their needs and how to choose the most appropriate materials and activities for the classroom. Explore how teachers can choose and fine-tune the principles that exactly fit their teaching situation. Participants will rethink the traditional native vs. non-native distinction, see why teaching English is so different from teaching other subjects, and explore innovative approaches like Communicative Language Teaching and the lexical approach.

Course Objectives: Participants will

  • Use a number of general language-teaching principles to guide your choice of classroom activities.
  • Discover some different ways to select and teach words and phrases that are especially useful for your students, and get to know the lexical approach.
  • Examine listening, speaking, and reading skills while exploring what you can do to help learners communicate more effectively in English and improve their comprehension and reading speed.
  • Select appropriate tasks and topics to help your students compose texts more effectively with a better sense of why writing is the most challenging ability for language learners.
  • Be a more effective and reflective teacher, as well as see the importance of continuing your professional growth now and throughout your career.

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.

Credit:

Upon completion of the course, students are only eligible for “P” in-service credit.

Class Outline:

  • Lesson 1
    • Introduction
    • 1.a How Linguists Look at English
    • 1.b Why People Can Learn New Languages
    • 1.c Who is a “Native Speaker” of English?
    • 1.d Taking a Continuum Approach
    • 1.e The Critical Perio (CP) for Learning
    • 1.f How English Language Teaching is Different
    • 1.g Summary
  • Lesson 2
    • 2.a ESL/ESOL/ELT: It’s all about teaching and learning
    • 2.b Roles and Expectations
    • 2.c ESL and EFL
    • 2.d Four Teachers
    • 2.e Different Styles of Classroom Interaction
    • 2.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 3
    • 3.a Introduction
    • 3.b The Effects of Age in General
    • 3.c The Particular Effects of Age
    • 3.d Why Are Your Students Studying English?
    • 3.e Students in Class: Similarities and Differences
    • 3.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 4
    • 4.a Introduction
    • 4.b The Direct Method and the Grammar Translation Method
    • 4.c The Audio-Lingual Method
    • 4.d The Humanistic Revolution
    • 4.e Limitations of Methods
    • 4.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 5
    • 5.a Introduction
    • 5.b Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)
    • 5.c Eight Principles from Murphy and Byrd
    • 5.d Your Own Principles Choosing
    • 5.e Choosing and Developing Principles: Two Examples
    • 5.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 6
    • 6.a Introduction
    • 6.b Three Kinds of Meaning
    • 6.c Three Limitations of Teaching Only Referential Meaning
    • 6.d Teaching Vocabulary Using Synonyms and Antonyms
    • 6.eTeaching Vocabulary Using Word Chains, Rhyming, and Expressions
    • 6.f Supplementary Material
  • Midterm
  • Lesson 7
    • 7.a Introduction
    • 7.b Teaching Grammar through Listening
    • 7.c Teaching Grammar Using the Lexical Approach
    • 7.d Top-Down Grammar Teaching
    • 7.e Teaching Grammar in Context
    • 7.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 8
    • 8.a Introduction
    • 8.b The Importance of Stress in English Pronunciation
    • 8.c Four Kinds of Listening and Speaking
    • 8.d Teaching Listening
    • 8.e Teaching Speaking
    • 8.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 9
    • 9.a Introduction
    • 9.b Writing and Spelling Systems
    • 9.c Different Types of Reading Skills
    • 9.d Teaching Reading Skills
    • 9.e Types of Reading Classes
    • 9.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 10
    • 10.a Introduction
    • 10.b The Transcription of Spoken English
    • 10.c The Vocabulary and Grammar of Writing
    • 10.d Characteristics of Good Writing
    • 10.e Teaching Writing
    • 10.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 11
    • 11.a Introduction
    • 11.b Assessment
    • 11.c Testing Terminology
    • 11.d Designing, Administering, and Scoring Tests
    • 11.e The Use and Abuse of Testing
    • 11.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 12
    • 12.a Introduction
    • 12.b Teaching Knowledge
    • 12.c Teaching Efficiency
    • 12.d Teaching Insight
    • 12.e Professional Development
    • 12.f Supplementary Material
  • Evaluation
  • Final Exam

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CE Credits Online has been providing continuing education credits to K-12 educators since 2002. Our courses are offered nationwide, serving the professional learning needs of thousands of K-12 educators. Our courses are:

  • Standards-based
  • High-quality online professional learning courses designed to improve teaching and student achievement.
  • 100% online - no commuting, no missed classes, and no dress code.
  • Self-paced courses, offering participants the flexibility to work anytime, anywhere, 24/7.
  • Facilitated by highly trained moderators, experienced in education 
  • User-friendly and engaging with numerous videos that model new strategies & skills 
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Our courses cover a variety of instructional areas and meet the needs of many educator groups, including;

  • Reading / Language Arts
  • Instructional Strategies
  • English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Transforming Instruction with Technology
  • Classroom and Behavior Management
  • Creating Effective Learning Environments
  • Beginning Teachers
  • Special Education
  • Counseling
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