T&L 2900: VIR: Best Practices in English Language Learning Instruction

This course will provide teachers with the most recent best practice guidelines in all aspects of English Language Learning instruction. Teachers will learn how to create effective lessons for reading, writing, oral language, vocabulary and content-domain literature. Best practices in assessing linguistically and culturally diverse students, as well as how to promote positive school, home and community partnerships will be provided. Recommendations for teaching adolescent ELL learners, as well as those with learning disabilities will be discussed. This course is appropriate for elementary through high-school ELL and general education classroom instructors.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn the history of teaching ELL learners in the United States and discern appropriate teaching methods.
  • Create lesson plans following the best practices for teaching reading and writing to young ELL learners.
  • Know how to teach middle school ELL learners in the mainstream classroom.
  • Adapt current lesson plans and teaching strategies for ELL students with learning disabilities.
  • Incorporate research based best practices to support literacy and writing assessment.

Please refer to the Course Resource document for more course information (requirements, grading, etc.)

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Course Resources
Best Practices in ELL Instruction (Course at a Glance) (PDF Document)


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