English Language Learners make up a significant special population in American schools. Content area Illinois teachers often look for help balancing subject area instruction while trying to meet the needs of language learners. In this course, participants will learn strategies to successfully meet the needs of English Language Learners in all subject areas.
The course begins with overarching strategies that all teachers can use. Illinois 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, participants will learn about planning lessons with Universal Design and accommodations so that ELLs can fully participate . This course will help understand the needs of ELLs, and also directly implement concrete strategies in content classes.
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