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English Language Learners in Your Classroom

3 Salary Points , K-12 , 21st Century Skills , ELLs , Instructional Strategies

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  • 3 Salary Points

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Course Description:

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 for ELLs.

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 learning.

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.

  • comprehending the problem and identifying relevant data
  • analyzing the problem's internal structure to determine what type of problem it is
  • selecting a viable solution process and carrying it out
  • explaining the solution process both orally and in writing.

Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • understand the needs of ELLs to work with them accordingly
  • become more familiar with the situation of immigrants in the United States
  • become more culturally aware to create a multicultural classroom environment
  • learn how to sensitize English Only students to be able to help their ELL peers
  • understand how immigration affects education
  • understand the principles of bilingual education to apply them in the classroom
  • understand the process of language acquisition
  • learn techniques and methods for teaching a second language
  • assess ELL students in terms of BICS and CALP and first language literacy
  • learn how to individualize instruction for ELLs
  • integrate lessons with creative arts in the regular curriculum
  • prepare lessons keeping in mind the schema and particular needs of ELLs
  • be able to accommodate lessons for ELLs with different forms of scaffolding
  • encourage ELLs to read extensively in English
  • learn about the specific problems ELLs face in reading in English and helping them overcome them
  • learn different techniques to incorporate in content area lessons
  • learn how to involve the family and the community in the multicultural learning environment

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    LAUSD teachers are able to submit up to 12 credits/salary points from CE Credits Online per trimester (Jan-Apr, May-Aug, Sept-Dec).

    Receiving Salary Points

    • Upon completion, your completion paperwork will be submitted directly to the LAUSD Professional Development Unit by CE Credits Online along with the NA Claim for Staff Development Point Project form at the beginning of the following month.
    • PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK If you decide to request graduate credits for your completed course, the official transcript you receive from the university will be for your own personal records. Each course can only be submitted once, and we will provide all necessary paperwork to LAUSD.
    • 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.
    • 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).
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    Receiving Graduate-Level Professional Development Credits

    • Upon completion, email and let us know you have completed the course, which university you have selected (see University Partners).
    • CE Credits Online will email you instructions on how to pay for and obtain the credits ($55/credit).
    • CE Credits Online will forward all necessary documentation to the university you selected enabling you to receive an official transcript.   
    • 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.