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ELL-U: Second Language Acquisition - Myths, Beliefs, and What the Research Shows.  

This online course offers participants introductory, research-based information on second language acquisition (SLA) by exploring common myths and beliefs about how languages are taught and learned. This course will counter or clarify popular views about SLA and help course participants examine, develop, challenge, and support their knowledge and beliefs about how adults learn a new language. Since this course focuses specific attention on SLA issues relevant to the population of learners served in adult ESL classes, teachers will gain practical knowledge that can be immediately put into practice.

This course will take approximately 2 hours to complete

ELL-U: Teaching English Language Learners who are Emergent Readers

The purpose of this online course is to offer course participants introductory, research-based information about teaching adult English language learners (ELLs) who are just beginning to acquire print literacy largely due to lack of access to formal schooling. This course will clarify how and why this particular ELL population is unique, offer processes for identifying emergent readers, and explore a range of teaching/assessment strategies that build initial literacy in adult ELLs. Finally, course participants will have the opportunity to consider how the information presented in the course applies to classroom language learning practices in a range of settings.

This course will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete

ELL-U: Formative Assessment to Inform Quality Adult ESL Instruction

Upon completing this online course, participants will be able to: 1) define formative assessment and explain its integral role in systematically planning and delivering adult ESL instruction, 2) select and design a variety of formative assessment activities that engage learners in setting their own goals and monitoring their own progress in English language development, and 3) use appropriate oral and written feedback techniques that inform learners of their progress toward meeting their goals in meaningful and comprehensible ways.

This course will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

ELL-U: The Role of Culture in the Education of Adult English Language Learners

This course provides techniques and strategies to help educators in classrooms with adult English Language Learners (ELLs) create a culturally inclusive learning environment and facilitate (cross)cultural understanding among all members of the class. This course explores a range of topics related to the role of culture in teaching classes with adult ELLs. It illuminates the critical role of culture in teaching and learning and in educational relationships (e.g., between students and teachers, students and students, and students and the curriculum).

This course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

ELL-U: Principles of Second Language Teaching: Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction

This course provides an overview of the basics of planning, implementing, and managing instruction in classrooms with adult ELLs. The course is broken into three key components in teaching adult ELLs: 1) know the communicative needs of your students, 2) plan lessons that integrate communication skills with life skills, work-readiness, and civics content, and 3) implement student-centered instruction practices and classroom management strategies.

This course will take approximately 3.5 hours to complete.

This self-paced professional development module addresses the increasingly complex language and critical thinking skills adult English language learners (ELLs) need to succeed in today's world. The overarching goal of this module is to give professionals who work with adult ELLs the tools to provide rigorous instruction that will help all learners transition to new opportunities. This module contains four units. Estimated completion time for each unit is 2-3 hours. A certificate can be earned for each unit upon completion of the unit activities.

The Units are:

  1. Increasing Rigor of Adult English Language Instruction
  2. Incorporating Language for Success at All Levels
  3. Language Strategies for Success at All Levels
  4. Critical Thinking at all Levels of English Language Acquisition

The self-paced professional development module is designed for teachers and administrators interested in integrating digital literacy in their classes and programs for adult English Language Learners. This module contains 4 units. Estimated completion time for each unit is 2-3 hours. A certificate can be earned for each unit upon completion of the unit activities.

The Units are:

  1. Digital Literacy in our Lives
  2. Information and Communication Technologies for Language Learning
  3. Digital Information Literacy
  4. Problem Solving in Technology Rich Environments

This self-paced professional development module provides the foundational concepts related to designing and implementing an adult ELA program contextualized for career pathways. This module contains four units which provide more detail on implementing various aspects of an effective contextualized program. Estimated completion time for each unit is 2-3 hours.

The Units are:

  1. Key Concepts
  2. Program Design: Issues and Options
  3. Curriculum and Instruction
  4. Evaluation and Assessment