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English Language Acquisition

LINCS ESL Pro Study Circles Support Teachers in Using the ESL Pro Resources

In this how-to session, participants will learn how to facilitate the new freely available LINCS ESL Pro Study Circles to actively engage teachers in learning about and applying innovative strategies in the classroom. The suites of ESL Pro resources focus on: (1) enhancing the rigor of ESL instruction, (2) integrating digital literacy, and (3) contextualizing instruction to support English learners onto career pathways. The study circle guides are based on what is currently known about high-quality professional development.

Cooperative Learning – A Team Approach (ELL-U)

This training event examines various cooperative learning structures. Cooperative learning is a teaching and learning strategy in which small mixed-ability teams of learners work together to complete a task. Each student of the team learns all the materials while at the same time helping other team members. Each team member contributes to the success of the whole group, which fosters rapport among students. Cooperative learning can be used with English language learners at all levels and in multilevel classes.

Metacognitive Strategies and Motivation in the Classroom (ELL-U)

This one-session “quick study” study circle extends learning from the online course Second Language Acquisition: Myths, Beliefs, and What the Research Shows. Participants will discuss the course content, engage in faculty and peer discussions, deepen knowledge, and explore strategies related to the course. Participants should bring their questions and comments from the course to participate in a Question & Answer session with the course author and facilitator. Participants will explore strategies promoting metacognitive and metalinguistic skills in the classroom.

Diagnostic Reading Assessment for Intermediate English Language Learners (ELL-U)

This virtual study circle will begin with a discussion of the diversity of reading strengths and needs among intermediate (GLE 3.0-8.9) English language learners (ELL; including those placed in English-as-a-second-language classes and those in Adult Basic Education classes) as well as the rationale behind components-based reading assessments and reading profiles. A brief and practical approach to individual assessment will be presented that is based on the “simple view of reading” – in other words, vocabulary + word recognition = up to 80% of comprehension.

Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways: Understanding Key Concepts (ESL Pro)

This self-paced online course is Unit 1 in the ESL Pro module Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways. Unit 1, Understanding Key Concepts, provides a broad overview for designing and implementing an adult English language acquisition program contextualized for career pathways. The purpose of Unit 1 is to outline the rationale behind contextualized instruction.

Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction: Digital Information Literacy (ESL Pro)

This self-paced online course is Unit 3 in the module Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction. Unit 3, Digital Information Literacy, looks at digital information literacy and how to help students learn how to find, understand, and critically evaluate information on the internet. It describes how to integrate activities that focus on searching the internet, analyzing search results, evaluating those results, and reading the information critically. A variety of video and web-based resources are included.

Learner-Centered Practice in Adult ESL (ELL-U)

In this highly interactive training, participants working with English language learners will explore various ways to implement learner-centered practices in their teaching, including through conducting needs assessments, drawing upon students’ stories, and engaging learners in meaningful and authentic language tasks and projects. Practitioners will be invited to grapple with common dilemmas that arise in classrooms around this issue. They will also choose an area related to the topic to explore in their practice.

Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English Language Learners: Strategies for English Language Acquisition (ESL Pro)

This is Unit 3 in the module Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English Language Learner. Unit 3, Strategies for English Language Acquisition, focuses on the language strategies that adult English language learners can employ for accessing and understanding more complex written texts, both print and digital, and understanding complex oral language in any type of class at any level.

Developing Oral Proficiency in Adults Learning English (ELL-U)

This training will help participants understand the concept of oral language proficiency and how it can be developed in the adult English as a second language classroom. Participants in this workshop will be able to describe components of oral proficiency and identify resources to improve learners’ listening and speaking abilities based on insights from second language acquisition research. Participants will discuss and practice communicative activities designed to facilitate the development of learners’ listening comprehension, language complexity, and communication skills.

Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways: Program Design: Issues and Options (ESL Pro)

This self-paced online course is Unit 2 in the ESL Pro module Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathway. Unit 2, Program Design: Issues and Options, reviews different models of contextualization so educators can establish a career-oriented, English language acquisition design that is right for their program context.


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