Instruction And Assessment Of English Language Learners –

mte553

(3 credits)

This course focuses on education for the English Language Learner (ELL). It emphasizes knowledge of and sensitivity to the history and to the culture of other languages and ethnic groups, as well as to multiethnic curriculum and instruction. It provides strategies for effective instruction, including standards-based lesson planning and implementation models, and assessment of linguistically diverse K–12 students. In addition, the course addresses ways in which a learner-centered approach to teaching can provide English language learners with a greater opportunity to interact meaningfully with educational materials as they learn subject matter and acquire English.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Overview of ELL Education

  • Examine the historical, philosophical, legal, social, and political issues regarding educational programs for non-English speakers and limited English proficient (LEP) students.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ELL terms.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the state laws governing ELL requirements.

  • Identify language acquisition theoretical principles.
  • Outline the role of culture in learning.
  • Introduce basic interpersonal communication skills and cognitive/academic language proficiency.

ELL Proficiency Standards for Listening and Speaking, Reading, and Writing

  • Examine the format and the alignment of ELL proficiency standards to state language arts academic standards for listening and speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Use ELL proficiency standards to plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction.
  • Demonstrate the integration of ELL proficiency standards into content areas.

Effect of Culture on Language Use and Acquisition

  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate cultural diversity into the classroom by preparing students to maintain identification with and pride in their native culture—including language, customs, and traditions—and by enabling them to successfully interact in cross-cultural settings.
  • Evaluate the effect of culture-related factors used in determining educational strategies and interventions.
  • Demonstrate a basic awareness of how different cultures affect schools and districts.

Second Language Acquisition

  • Examine current theory and research in second language acquisition.

Data Analysis and Application

  • Analyze and apply disaggregated data to differentiate instruction.
  • Interpret and use snapshots of longitudinal data.
  • Track student status and progress on the ELL proficiency standards using the Stanford. English Language Proficiency results.

Formal and Informal Assessment

  • Integrate diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments for English language learners.
  • Create and offer multiple assessments.
  • Use assessment results for placement and accommodation of special education and gifted students.
  • Use standardized testing and language proficiency as methods for monitoring student progress.

Learning Experiences: Structured English Immersion Strategies

  • Identify and use multiple strategies to improve student achievement.
  • Integrate comprehensible input; ongoing, specific, and immediate feedback; grouping structures and techniques; building background and vocabulary development; and student engagement.
  • Extend SEI methods for beginning ELD: TPR Storytelling®, contextual clues, and narrative approach.
  • Describe the silent period: ways of responding and developmental processes.
  • Grasp meaning of pre- and early-production strategies of students.
  • Integrate current materials in ELD instruction, such as lesson and text modifications.
  • Extend SEI content methods, such as preview and review, content area reading and writing strategies, and experiential methods.
  • Analyze and apply vocabulary development approaches in the content areas.
  • Plan lessons based on prior knowledge.
  • Select, adapt, and sequence current curricular materials.

Parent, Home, and School Scaffolding

  • Identify the sociocultural influences on English language learners, such as language shift, identity issues, and the role of culture in learning.
  • Discuss the effect of bilingualism and home language use.
  • Examine parental and community sources for aiding English acquisition.
  • Cultivate home and school partnerships.

Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol

  • Evaluate a lesson using the SIOP® instrument.

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