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  • Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners in the Content Area Classroom

  • 3 Credits, K-12, ELLs, Instructional Strategies

Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners in the Content Area Classroom
Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners in the Content Area Classroom

English Language Learners make up a significant special population in American schools. Content area teachers often look for help balancing subject area instruction while trying to meet the needs of language learners. In this course, K-12 teachers will learn strategies to successfully meet the needs of English Language Learners in all subject areas.

The course for Washington State Educational Service District 171 teachers begins with overarching strategies that all teachers can use. Teachers will learn how to create a welcoming and culturally affirming classroom environment, analyze common struggles for ELL students, and analyze how academic vocabulary instruction can take place in all classes. Then the course dives deeper, providing ideas specific to all the subject areas. Mathematics, ELA, science, social studies, and the special area teachers will all find presentations that help them support ELLs.

Additionally, teachers will learn about planning lessons with Universal Design and accommodations so that ELLs can fully Washington State educators. This course will help understand the needs of ELLs, and also directly implement concrete strategies in content classes.

Selected Objectives

  • Understand the norms of a brave learning space
  • Describe statistics about ELLs in the United States
  • Reflect on the experiences of ELLs
  • Identify foundational principles to serve ELLs in content classrooms (e.g. high expectations, comprehensible input, etc.)
  • Analyze school wide practices that can be put in place to support ELLs.
  • Learn to build on strengths of ELL students
  • Analyze ways to affirm home culture of ELLs
  • Describe ways to build rapport with ELL students and their parents
  • Analyze the CR-SE Framework
  • Describe classroom instructional models that support inclusive practice
  • Establish an ELL friendly classroom
  • Identify common struggles experienced by the ELL student
  • Explain how differing background knowledge can be a barrier in the content classroom
  • Explain the importance of vocabulary to success in the content area
  • Differentiate between tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 vocabulary
  • Analyze how transferable tier 2 academic vocabulary has a high utility for success across content areas.
  • Analyze vocabulary acquisition strategies
  • Develop a vocabulary activity for ELL students
  • Utilize visual aids and non-verbal cues support ELL students
  • Analyze specific challenges faced by ELLs in science and technical subject area classrooms
  • Describe ways to support ELLs in science and the technical subjects
  • Analyze specific challenges faced by ELLs in mathematics classrooms
  • Analyze specific challenges faced by ELLs in the humanities subjects of social studies, ELA, and the arts
  • Describe ways to support ELLs in the humanities

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Upon Course Completion:

Graduate-Level Professional Development Credits

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  • You must check with your district to ensure the credits received will meet your specific requirements. We will not be held responsible if your school, district or state does not accept the credits issued.

Clock Hours

To Receive your Clock Hours:

Once you complete your course, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

Forward your Certificate to:

registration@ncesd.org

Once your attendance has been entered into pdEnroller, you will receive an email with a link to process your clock hour request. You will be asked to complete a survey and then pay for your clock hours, via credit card. The fee is $3 per hour. Your clock hours are automatically recorded to your transcript. You may print your transcript from pdEnroller by clicking on the "Clock Hours" dropdown (upper right), select "My Clock Hours" from the menu and the click the blue "Download Transcripts" button.  

For assistance with clock hours or pdEnroller help, please contact: registration@ncesd.org. 

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