English Language Acquisition

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.

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.

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

Participants in this virtual study circle will read and discuss recent research on the interactions, corrective feedback techniques, and instructional activities that are effective in helping adults learn to communicate orally in English. Participants will work together to consider practical applications in their own classes. Study circle activities will encourage teachers to examine the quantity and quality of student talk in their classrooms.

Designing Curriculum for Work-Based ESL Classes

This training is a facilitated discussion on designing curriculum and content for work-based English as a second language classes. Using expert-reviewed, research-based LINCS resources, the training address tailoring participants’ curricula and contextualizing class materials to meet immigrant students’ and industries’ employment needs. This session includes time for networking and sharing ideas and experiences with others in the field.

Cultural Competence in the Adult ELL Classroom: A Funds of Knowledge (ELL-U)

This study circle builds on the increased understanding of culture developed in the ELL-U online course The Role of Culture in the Education of Adult English Language Learners. The study circle explores in greater depth how a “funds of knowledge” approach can enhance the language learning experience of adult English language learners (ELL) by helping them to build on what is cognitively familiar. Participants will explore the unique funds of knowledge that adult ELLs bring to the classroom from their homes and communities.

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.