English Language Acquisition

Digging Deeper into the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education - Module Three

Digging Deeper Into the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education,” is the third in a three-part series professional development modules about using the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Adult Education. The training is intended for instructors, instructional leaders, program administrators, and professional development providers.

Analyzing Student Tasks in Relation to Content Demands, Thinking Skills, and Language Use - Module Two

Analyzing Student Tasks in Relation to Content Demands, Thinking Skills, and Language Use” is the second in a three-part series of professional development modules about using the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Adult Education. This training is intended for instructors, instructional leaders, administrators, and professional development providers who are learning to use the new ELP standards in conjunction with their academic content standards.

Vocabulary Instruction for ESL English Language Learners in ABE Classes (ELL-U)

This training will begin with a discussion of some of the factors that affect the development of English vocabulary for English language learners (ELL): English speaking and listening ability, native language literacy, and the amount of English language reading they engage in. In addition, the relevance of the Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills/Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency distinction for ELL vocabulary instruction will be covered.

The Role of the Home Language in Learning English: Asset or Barrier? (ELL-U)

Participants in this study circle will have the opportunity to read about and discuss how the home language influences the learning of English, further exploring if the first language is an asset or a barrier to learning English. Teachers will share their own experiences and have the opportunity to apply their learning in their own classrooms.

Teaching Strategies for Bottom-up and Top-down Literacy Instruction for Emergent Readers (ELL-U)

This study circle will provide an additional opportunity to discuss course content from Teaching ELLs Who Are Emergent Readers and related implementation strategies with peers and faculty. Participants should bring their questions and comments from the course to participate in a Question & Answer session with the facilitator. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the concepts and integration of bottom-up and top-down literacy instruction through the identification of related teaching strategies.

Teaching ELLs Who Are Emergent Readers (ELL-U)

This self-paced online course offers introductory, research-based information about teaching adult English language learners 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 population is unique, offer processes for identifying emergent readers, and explore a range of teaching/assessment strategies that build initial literacy.