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Teaching English Language Learners Across the Curriculum Parts I & II

 

Course Description


PART I

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to deliver academic content in the classroom so English language learners can succeed in all subjects. You will explore model instructional and assessment practices that enhance English language learners’ understanding and achievement across all content areas by first learning the foundations of language development and language acquisition. This will then prepare you to design and modify activities for your ELL’s different English proficiency levels. You will have the opportunity to examine strategies for assessing student knowledge, identify language learning objectives, and develop differentiated instructional lessons. By the end of the course, you will have had the chance to preview your textbooks for idiomatic expressions and multiple meaning words and plan lessons that incorporate academic language development and utilize primary language cognates.

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PART II

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to apply English language learner strategies in all four domains of language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. By observing several classrooms where English language learners are engaged in content‐based ESL lessons, you will learn how to plan for and address task difficulty through sheltered instruction techniques (or SDAIE). You will become versed in ESL techniques and the benefits of various instructional supports, such as team teaching, peer tutoring, educational technology, and working with bilingual paraprofessionals to support student learning. By the end of the course you will have explored the importance of students’ culture, learn how to organize lessons around meaningful themes, how to communicate effectively with families, and how to engage families and communities in student learning. 

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Course Presenter


Elizabeth Jiménez

Elizabeth Jiménez is the CEO of GEMAS, a consulting and advocacy firm dedicated to improving the education of English language learners. Jiménez earned an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center at Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Spanish from California State University, Fullerton. She holds a California teaching credential and a bilingual/cross‐cultural credential and has taught elementary grades for nine years. Jiménez cut her teeth in politics working in the California State Legislature on pioneering legislation for English language learners. She has served as the statewide lead trainer for the California’s English Language Development Test and has conducted two extensive teacher credential projects for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She has written over 25 textbooks for Pre‐K‐12 English language learners and conducts training in Puerto Rico and throughout the United States. Currently, she is the trainer and coach for Torch Middle School in Southern California, which has been designated a School to Watch.  

Partner Profile


Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector management consulting and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2,000 professionals in more than 50 offices around the US, in Canada and in Europe. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources.

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