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.
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).
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.