sei505 | Graduate

Structured English Immersion

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This course addresses Structured English Immersion (SEI) instruction and assessment of K-12 English language learners (ELLs). It is designed to meet the standards set by the Arizona Department of Education. The course 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 English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards to Arizona's Academic Standards, and their application to lesson planning. The Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA), plus the use of alternative assessments, analysis of data, and the application of data to instruction, are integral in the course. A final project synthesizes the concepts and instructional strategies taught in the course.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4

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    Data Analysis, Data Application, and Formal and Informal Assessment

    • Interpret assessment data, such as the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) report, to track student status and progress on English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards.
    • Create multiple assessments, such as diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments, for English language learners (ELLs).
    • Use assessment results for placement and accommodation for special education and gifted students.
    • Explore standardized testing and language proficiency as methods for monitoring student progress.
    • Analyze disaggregated data in order to differentiate instruction.

    Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners

    • Integrate comprehensible input, feedback, building background, and student engagement to improve student achievement.
    • Compare effective grouping techniques and cooperative learning strategies.
    • Identify Structured English Immersion (SEI) content methods for English language development.
    • Integrate and adapt current curricular materials, including technology, for English language development instruction.
    • Describe pre- and early-production traits and strategies for language development.
    • Apply vocabulary development approaches in the content areas.
    • Identify strategies for adapting content for different proficiency levels.

    Parent, Home, and School Scaffolding

    • Identify the sociocultural influences on English language learners (ELLs).
    • Discuss the impact of bilingualism and home language use on English language learners (ELLs).
    • Examine parental community sources for aiding English language acquisition.
    • Cultivate home and school partnerships.
    • Examine the role of culture in learning.

    SEI Foundations and ELP Standards

    • Describe the legal, historical, and educational reasons for Structured English Immersion (SEI).
    • Define basic Structured English Immersion (SEI) terminology, including Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model, Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS), and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP).
    • Examine Arizona requirements for Structured English Immersion (SEI) models at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels.
    • Explore language acquisition theoretical principles.
    • Examine the format and the alignment of the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards to the Arizona Language Arts Academic Standards (Reading, Writing, and Listening and Speaking).
    • Integrate the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards to plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction in different content areas.
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