English Language Acquisition

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.

Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction: Solving Problems in Technology-Rich Environments (ESL Pro)

This self-paced online course is Unit 4 in the module Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction. Unit 4, Problem-Solving in Technology-Rich Environments, incorporates a wide range of digital literacies into problem-solving in technology-rich environments and is for teachers who have already been integrating digital literacy into their practice and want to take it further.

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

This self-paced online course is Unit 2 in the module Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction. Unit 2, Information and Communication Technologies for Language Learning, focuses on how to use information and communication technologies to enhance opportunities for adult English language learners to increase their English language acquisition and digital literacy skills at the same time.

Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction: Digital Literacy in Our Lives (ESL Pro)

This self-paced online course is Unit 1 in the module Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction. Unit 1, Digital Literacy in the Lives of English Learners, provides an overview for instructors and administrators about framing digital literacy as a critical component for language skill development. Teachers can learn how to integrate digital literacy instruction and learning activities into all aspects of adult English language acquisition 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.

Formative Assessment to Inform Quality Adult ESL Instruction (ELL-U)

In this self-paced online course, participants will define formative assessment and explain its integral role in systematically planning and delivering adult English as a second language instruction, select and design a variety of formative assessment activities that engage learners in setting their own goals and monitoring their own progress, and will use appropriate oral and written feedback techniques that inform learners of their progress.

Formative Assessment to Ensure Lesson Objectives Are Met (ELL-U)

This one-session study circle will provide users who have completed the online course Formative Assessment to Inform Quality Adult ESL Instruction with additional opportunities to explore the course content, engage in faculty and peer discussions, and continue to gain knowledge and implementation strategies related to topics in the course. Participants should bring their questions and comments from the course to participate in a Question & Answer session with the study circle facilitator.

Formative Assessment in Adult ESL: Focus on Student Learning (ELL-U)

Formative assessment focuses on student learning and the notion that instruction and assessment are reciprocal in nature. In this study circle, participants will explore ways to plan instruction with the end in mind to help adult English language learners demonstrate their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practitioners will examine formative assessment processes and tools for their potential usefulness. They will also examine student work together and generate ideas for providing effective descriptive feedback as well as determining appropriate next steps in teaching.

Exploring Learner-Centered Practice Through Mini-Inquiry Projects (Teacher Research) (ELL-U)

This study circle is a follow-up to ELL-U’s Learner-Centered Practice in Adult ESL training event, which focused on learner-centered principles and practices in adult English as a second language education. Building on Weinstein’s learner-centered principles, participants will identify an area to explore in their classrooms over a period of at least three months (actual amount of time can be determined by the state).