Advanced Structured English Immersion Methods – sei503 (3 credits)

This course addresses Structured English Immersion (SEI) instruction and assessment of K-12 English Language Learners (ELLs), and is designed to meet the standards set by the Arizona Department of Education. It examines the legal, historical, and educational reasons for SEI, as well as theoretical principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning. It also emphasizes the alignment of ELL Proficiency Standards to Arizona’s Academic Standards and their application to lesson planning. The Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA), use of alternative assessments, analysis of data, and the application of data to instruction, are emphasized as well. A final project synthesizes the concepts and instructional strategies taught in the course.

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 Representative.

Instructional Strategies

  • Identify effective cooperative learning strategies.
  • Describe strategies to build vocabulary.
  • Summarize strategies to provide comprehensible input.
  • Determine means for extending SEI methods for English Language Development (ELD) instruction.
  • Integrate current materials in ELD instruction (lesson & text modifications).
  • Explain ways to model and demonstrate a concept, skill or strategy.
  • Apply strategies for maintaining student engagement to lesson planning.
  • Extend SEI content methods (preview/review, content area reading & writing strategies, experiential methods).
  • Select, adapt, and sequence current curricular materials to support ELD instruction.
  • Discuss the importance of repeated practice and use.
  • Develop a plan to deliver ongoing, specific and immediate feedback.
  • Analyze and apply vocabulary development approaches in the content areas.
  • Plan lessons based on prior knowledge.
  • Identify effective grouping techniques.

Assessment and Analysis of Data

  • Interpret and use “snapshots” of longitudinal data.
  • Integrate diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments for ELLs.
  • Evaluate appropriate uses of formal and informal assessments to monitor student achievement and to guide instruction
  • Identify the content and the use of the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA).
  • Track student status and progress by interpreting summarized results of the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) results.
  • Create alternative methods of assessment.
  • Implement an alternative assessment.

Sociocultural Influences: Parent/Home/School

  • Examine parental and community sources for aiding English acquisition.
  • Describe sociocultural aspects in defining a language system (Halliday, Wilkins, etc.).
  • Discuss the impact of bilingualism and home language use.
  • Cultivate home and school partnerships and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Introduce Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP).

English Language Learner (ELL) Proficiency Standards

  • Define basic Structured English Immersion (SEI) terminology.
  • Examine the format and the alignment of ELL Proficiency Standards to the Arizona Language Arts (Listening & Speaking, Reading, and Writing) Academic Standards.
  • Explain the relevance of state-mandated achievement for ELLs.
  • Use ELL Proficiency Standards to plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction.
  • Demonstrate the integration of ELL Proficiency Standards in all content areas.

Application of Assessment Data Analysis

  • Plan instruction based on standardized testing and language proficiency assessment.
  • Design lessons to address academic deficiencies.
  • Analyze and apply disaggregated data to differentiate instruction.
  • Utilize assessment results for placement and accommodations for special education and gifted students.

Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model and Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating ELL Standards-Based Instruction in the Content Areas Arts

  • Analyze key components and characteristics of the SIOP® Model (adapted from Planning, Implementing, and Evaluation ELL Standards-Based Instruction in the Content Areas Arts).
  • Apply the SIOP® Model in lesson planning.
  • Evaluate instructional planning and implementation.

ELL Law R7-2-306

  • Identify and list legal, historical, and educational reasons for SEI instruction.
  • Explain key components of the current ELL law.
  • Describe mandates of the ELL law and their implications for small and large districts.

Issues Related to ELL Instruction

  • Evaluate district and school-related issues that influence ELL instruction.
  • Determine appropriate multicultural issues that impact education.
  • Outline the role of culture in learning.
  • Examine educational responses to multicultural issues.
  • Analyze sociocultural influences and issues related to ELL instruction.

Theoretical Principles of Language Acquisition

  • List language acquisition theoretical principles.
  • Grasp meaning of pre- and early-production strategies of students.
  • Describe the Silent Period in language acquisition based on developmental processing.

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