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Developing Listening Comprehension in English Language Learners

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Developing Listening Comprehension in English Language Learners

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  • Tuition: $349.00
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LAUSD has revised its policy on how many courses CE Credits Online may provide to LAUSD educators for Salary Points, which have been approved by the Joint Salary Point Committee. Participants are able to submit up to 12 credits/salary points from CE Credits Online per trimester by agreement with LAUSD. (Jan-Apr, May-Aug, Sept-Dec). 

All courses listed in the catalog on this landing page (LAUSD/UTLA Salary Points) are currently eligible for Salary Points.

 For all courses that are not approved for salary points, please see LAUSD University Credits.

Any and all courses eligible for salary points, regardless of the provider, must meet the criteria established in the LAUSD/UTLA contract.

Your district requires you spend a minimum of 45 hours for a 1 salary-point course (15 in the online classroom and 30 doing outside work), 90 hours for a 2 salary-point course (30 in the online classroom and 60 hours doing outside work) and 135 hours for a 3 salary-point course (45 hours in the online classroom and 90 hours doing outside work).  There are many linked resources in the courses you may use as well as all your planning time for your all your assignments, lesson planning time for the implementation portions of the course, assessments and any other research you do for any course.  A time log is provided in every course so you may track your time and how it was spent as you proceed through the course, and we maintain your log in the event your district requests proof you did all the required work so you may receive your salary points.  Please see the LAUSD/UTLA contract for details.

Our refund policy, as stated on our site and restated here is that you may receive a refund within two weeks of purchase if you have not started the course. Once you have started a course and submitted an assignment to be moderated, there are no refunds. There is a $30 processing fee to refund fees that are eligible for refund.  You have 105 days to complete any course, and your time does not start until you click the “Start” button.  Therefore, you may purchase courses, and only begin (Start) them when it is convenient for you to actually take the course.  You may also purchase two-week extensions for an additional $30 if you need the extra time to complete. 

For more information regarding the Salary Point Allocation Department, click on the link provided:

http://achieve.lausd.net//site/Default.aspx?PageID=7568

Before beginning your course, you will be required to provide the following information to CE Credits Online:

  • Name:
  • LAUSD Employee Number:
  • School where you are now teaching or most recent school assignment:

This information is required so CE Credits Online can process your completion paperwork to the salary point committee upon completion of your course(s). Below are the steps to ensure you obtain Salary Points, please read them to familiarize yourself with the process. We want your experience with CE Credits Online to be the best possible so please, if you have questions, call (425) 788-7275 ext. 104. You may also email info@cecreditsonline.org.

Steps to ensure you obtain Salary Points:

  1. Enroll in the course(s).
  2. Provide the required information described above.
  3. Complete your CE Credits Online course(s), including the time log.
  4. Your completion paper work will be submitted directly to LAUSD Professional Development Unit by CE Credits Online along with the NA Claim for Staff Development Point Project form on the 1st of the month following your completion.
  5. Your portion of the NA form can be found on your Student Homepage. You will be able to see and print your portion of the NA form by selecting the NA Tab located in the upper right corner of your Student Homepage. You will see your completed courses listed and if the completion paperwork has been sent to LAUSD Professional Development Unit there will be a date listed showing when it was sent in. If it has not been processed yet it will say “Not Processed Yet."
  6. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK If you decide to request university academic credits for your completed course, and this course is still eligible for Salary Points (all courses listed in the catalog on the LAUSD/UTLA Salary Point landing page are eligible for Salary Points) the official transcript you receive from the university will be for your own personal records. You may only submit the course once for Salary Points and we submit all the paperwork necessary for you to receive your Salary Points. Salary Point courses are less expensive because there is not the additional expense of university credit fees, which are charged by the University.
  7. ATTENTION: Salary point credit approval for NA Forms is done by the Professional Development Unit and may take up to 3 months to process. The delay in processing your salary points will not affect the eligibility date of your schedule advancement, as they are backdated to the date of completion. If the points from your NA Form have not been posted to your account on the LAUSD website at the end of 3 months, please contact the Salary Allocation Unit at 213-241-5100.
  8. We highly recommend that you check the number of salary points you have in your account before you complete your CE Credits Online course(s). Then check again eight weeks after receiving notification on your Student Homepage that your completion paperwork has been processed and submitted to the Salary Point Committee by CE Credits Online. Since the new salary points are added to your account without identifying the coursework for which you earned the salary points this will help you to identify receiving the additional salary point(s).

CE Credits Online and Los Angeles Unified School District / UTLA are pleased to offer you Salary Point approved online professional development courses.

  • Standards-based, research-driven, supports California Standards for the Teaching Profession
  • Immediate classroom impact
  • Start at any time, user friendly
  • Video modeling and instruction
  • One-on-one facilitation
  • Completely online – no commuting, parking, missed classes and no dress code!
Course Description

Course Description:

This course explores a number of issues involved in helping learners to develop their listening comprehension of English as a second or foreign language. Participants will explore and understand factors that affect the success or failure of listening comprehension, examine an adaptable lesson template that can be used to develop the listening comprehension of students, and look at specific listening activities targeted at novice-level, intermediate-level, and advanced-level students. The course will also highlight effective assessment methods, including computerized testing of listening ability.

Course Objectives: Participants will

  • Create pre-listening, while-listening, and after-listening (or post-listening) activities to build comprehension of spoken English, to help their students go through the steps that first language and second language listeners go through when they try to comprehend incoming information.
  • Use the five language-teaching approaches (grammar-translation; direct method; audio-lingual, communicative language teaching, and task-based approach) and identify how the teaching of listening is (or is not) incorporated into these approaches.
  • Create bottom-up, top-down, and interactive listening goals, and translate them into classroom activities and lessons appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level learners. Participants will be able to use intensive, responsive, and selective kinds of listening activities for the word level, sentence level, and for mini-talks and conversations.
  • Create discrete-response tests of phonemic discrimination, paraphrase recognition, and response evaluation, with a cognitive understanding of the critical issues in testing and the purpose of the listening test to define the kind of test that will be created and used.
Syllabus
  • Course:
    Developing Listening Comprehension in English Language Learners
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Number of credits:
    3
  • Number of hours:
    45

Course Description:

This course explores a number of issues involved in helping learners to develop their listening comprehension of English as a second or foreign language. Participants will explore and understand factors that affect the success or failure of listening comprehension, examine an adaptable lesson template that can be used to develop the listening comprehension of students, and look at specific listening activities targeted at novice-level, intermediate-level, and advanced-level students. The course will also highlight effective assessment methods, including computerized testing of listening ability.

Course Objectives:

  • Create pre-listening, while-listening, and after-listening (or post-listening) activities to build comprehension of spoken English, to help their students go through the steps that first language and second language listeners go through when they try to comprehend incoming information.
  • Use the five language-teaching approaches (grammar-translation; direct method; audio-lingual, communicative language teaching, and task-based approach) and identify how the teaching of listening is (or is not) incorporated into these approaches.
  • Create bottom-up, top-down, and interactive listening goals, and translate them into classroom activities and lessons appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level learners. Participants will be able to use intensive, responsive, and selective kinds of listening activities for the word level, sentence level, and for mini-talks and conversations.
  • Create discrete-response tests of phonemic discrimination, paraphrase recognition, and response evaluation, with a cognitive understanding of the critical issues in testing and the purpose of the listening test to define the kind of test that will be created and used

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 reflective journal exercises, short answers that are reviewed by a moderator, quizzes, and observation and analysis of lessons. 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 can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see University Affiliations under the Information Center for the cost per credit.

Class Outline:

  • Lesson 1
    • Introduction
    • 1.a The Iimportance of Teaching Listening Comprehension in L2 Learning
    • 1.b The Role of Listening in L1 and L2 Learning
    • 1.c Understanding spoken English
    • 1.d Helping students understand spoken English: What teachers need to do
    • 1.e Reading and listening
    • 1f. Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 2
    • 2.a Listening Situations: Why we listen and to whom
    • 2.b Types of Listening
    • 2.c Processing Spoken English
    • 2.d Understanding Spoken English: bottom-up and top-down processing
    • 2.e Exercises to practice bottom-up listening processes
    • 2.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 3
    • 3.a Teaching English to speakers of other languages: approaches, methods, and techniques
    • 3.b The grammar-translation approach
    • 3.c The direct method
    • 3.d The audio-lingual approach
    • 3.e Alternative approaches
    • 3.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 4
    • 4.a The Factors Affecting Listening Comprehension
    • 4.b Factors inside the head of the listener
    • 4.c Factors outside the head of the listener
    • 4.d Internal factors particular to L2 listeners
    • 4.e External factors in the message
    • 4.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 5
    • 5.a "Real-life" listening situations
    • 5.b What does real-life listening sound like?
    • 5.c Establishing a purpose for listening
    • 5.d Setting goals or tasks for teaching listening
    • 5.e Figuring out listener functions and responses
    • 5.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 6
    • 6.a The product approach to teaching listening
    • 6.b Product versus process models of teaching listening skills
    • 6.c Listening texts/input, listening functions/tasks, and listening content
    • 6.d Listening texts and contents
    • 6.e Selecting texts, tasks, and contents for listening practice and skill development: The multiple decisions teachers must make
    • 6.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 7: Curricular Integration- Graph Comparison
    • 7.a Bottom-up, top-down, and interactive listening activities
    • 7.b Bottom-up beginning-level listening exercises
    • 7.c Top-down beginning-level listening exercises
    • 7.d Interactive beginning-level listening exercises
    • 7.e Creating or using a story line for beginning level learners & recursive listening
    • 7.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 8: Curricular Integration- Measuring Tools
    • 8.a Who is an intermediate level learner? What kinds of listening texts and tasks will help them?
    • 8.b Bottom-up listening exercises for intermediate-level learners
    • 8.c Top-down listening exercises for intermediate-level learners
    • 8.d Interactive listening exercises for intermediate-level learners
    • 8.e Listening and speaking English
    • 8.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 9: Curricular Integration- Recording a Process
    • 9.a Teaching advanced-level learners of English as a foreign language
    • 9.b Bottom-up goals and activities for advanced-level learners
    • 9.c Top-down listening goals and exercises for advanced level learners
    • 9.d An interactive activity for advanced-level learners
    • 9.e Who is an advanced-level foreign language speaker?
    • 9.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 10: Curricular Integration- Word Families II
    • 10.a Issues of validity and reliability of a test
    • 10.b What kind of listening test do we want to make and use?
    • 10.c Creating the test: Collaborative or non-collaborative listening?
    • 10.d Forms of listening tests: The discrete-response test form
    • 10.e Additional kinds of discrete-point listening tests: Paraphrase recognition and Response evaluation
    • 10.f Supplementary Material
  • Lesson 11: Curricular Integration - Vocabulary
    • 11.a Integrative tests of listening comprehension
    • 11.b Standardized tests of listening comprehension
    • 11.c Computers in language testing
    • 11.d Advantages of using computers in language testing
    • 11.e To computer test or not to computer test? That is the question!
  • Lesson 12: Curricular Integration- Create and Implement Your Own Lesson
    • 12.a Interventions and Approaches
    • 12.b Providing helpful computer-based interventions
    • 12.c “High-tech” intervention to teaching listening
    • 12.d High, low, or no technology: the teacher as key to opening the door to learning
    • 12.e Research: Investigating the process and product of teaching/learning English-listening
    • 12.f Supplementary Material
  • Evaluation
  • Final Exam

Contact Information:

info@cecreditsonline.org

425.788.7275

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*University Credits: All CE Credits Online courses are eligible for University Credit. Please visit our University Affiliation page for more information. (University credit fees are additional)

We are affiliated with the Humboldt State University (HSU), part of the California State University System, located in Arcata, CA.

Approved for graduate level semester credits

  • 45 hours = 3 semester credits
  • 30 hours = 2 semester credits
  • 15 hours = 1 semester credit

Receiving HSU Semester Credit: On or about the 1st and the 16th of every month CECO submits completion paperwork to HSU along with the participant’s fee of $50 per credit. Processing the credits through HSU can take up to 6-8 weeks from the time of the initial credit request. Please visit our University Affiliation page for more information. (University credit fees are additional)

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Reviews
  • The most important thing I am taking away from this class is probably the three-step process of teaching listening. When we first become teachers we are taught to have a lesson objective for every lesson. As a teacher to EL students, that lesson also requires a language objective. Now, I will also include a listening objective to my direct instruction. The three-step process of creating a pre-listening element, a while-listening piece, and a post-listening task will serve to make that objective meaningful to my students. While this will be more work for me in my lesson planning, it is simplified by the fact that I can look to what I already teach as a bottom-up, top-down or interactive lesson and plan my listening tasks to coincide with the lesson objectives already in place. I look forward to the 2013/14 school-year, when I can start using these new strategies in my classroom.

    What a participant from California said about Developing Listening Comprehension in English Language Learners
  • This was a very important course for me to take as a teacher. Many of my students do not speak English and helping them increase their listening comprehension skills is always a yearly goal. I have learned the importance of using motivating strategies to help students WANT to attend to your activity when they know that English is a hard skill for them. The use of webquest activities and TV commercials to interpret can be more motivating than a textbook. The use of weekly achievement tests can help the teacher and student address areas of teaching that may have been misunderstood or in need of more attention. Activities that incorporate all the modalities of listening, reading, writing, and speaking are very beneficial to students because it is rare to have to utilize listening skills in isolation out in the real world. Thank you for this class.

    What a participant from California said about Developing Listening Comprehension in English Language Learners
  • I have learned many different aspects in teaching ELL students and will be able to use those aspects in my own classroom. I have learned that listening skills is an important aspect of ELL students and that it is important for a test to be reliable and valid. I also learned that the use of computers in any type of assessment is important, whether it be top-down, bottom-up, or interactive. I have learned the different types of assessment I can use in my classroom to help my students with their listening comprehension. I also learned that a collaborative assessment and non-collaborative assessments have both its pros and cons. One particular aspect of computer based listening that I liked was the use of webquest. I have used webquest many times in my bio and chem class, but they were not catered to the needs of my ELL students. I think I can now modify those webquests so that it will be catered to my ELL students much better than my original webquests. I will be using more task- based assessments instead of using multiple choice questions and provide my students with more ways of doing the assessments, such as filling in the blank, matching, and crossword puzzles. From now on, I will also implement the use of webinars, podcast, and blogs in my classroom to better aid my ELL students.

    What a participant from California said about Developing Listening Comprehension in English Language Learners
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