sei501 | Graduate

Structured English Immersion

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This course will introduce students to the concept of and methods for instructing in a Structured English Immersion (SEI) environment. Students will learn about assessment of K-12 students, state standards, research-based instructional activities, and lesson planning and implementation models. Students will study how a learner-centered approach to teaching can provide English Language Learners (ELL), as well as native English speakers, with a greater opportunity to interact meaningfully with educational materials as they learn subject matter and EL Learners acquire English.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Learning Experiences: SEI Strategies

    • Integrate current materials in ELD instruction (lesson and text modifications).
    • Extend SEI content methods (preview/ review, content area reading and writing strategies, 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.
    • Identify and use multiple strategies to improve student achievement.
    • Integrate comprehensible input; on-going, 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, Narrative Approach).
    • Describe the Silent Period (ways of responding, developmental processes).
    • Grasp meaning of pre- and early production strategies of students.

    Parent/Home/School Scaffolding

    • Identify the socio-cultural influences on ELLs (language shift, identity issues, role of culture in learning).
    • Discuss the impact of bilingualism and home language use.
    • Examine parental and community sources for aiding English acquisition.
    • Cultivate home and school partnerships.


    • All objectives apply.

    SEI Foundations Objectives

    • Know the legal, historical, and educational reasons for Structured English Immersion (SEI).
    • Know basic SEI terminology.
    • List language acquisition theoretical principles.
    • Outline the role of culture in learning.
    • Introduce Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP).
    • Examine the format and the alignment of ELL Proficiency Standards to the state Language Arts (Listening and Speaking, Reading, and Writing) Academic Standards.
    • Use ELL Proficiency Standards to plan, deliver and evaluate instruction.
    • Demonstrate the integration of ELL Proficiency Standards in all content areas.

    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 (SELP) results or your state's assessment.

    Formal and Informal Assessment

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