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Hi and welcome to the Course Overview for Best Practices in English Learner Instruction.

As a nation of immigrants, its no surprise that meeting the unique needs of English Learners

today is a key issue in education. Many states welcome EL students in high numbers, and so

now include language acquisition theory in their teacher certification programs.

But theory is never enough and many teachers, both novice and veteran, face significant

challenges as student population shifts bring new types of learners into their classrooms.

To help bridge the gap between theory and practical application, weve crafted this

six week course to help teachers focus on how to best support EL learners in their classrooms

with hands-on strategies they can use immediately. Our modules are practice-focused, research-based,

and FUN!

We know teachers are busy so we offer this course online. Each week the content is delivered

in short videos, web links and articles grouped around key concepts that are essential to

quality EL instruction. Its an asynchronous model so teachers can access the content 24/7.

But its not an independent study or self-paced model. Its instructor led and interactive

to facilitate the development of a positive and collegial learning community.

Learning online can seem like a solitary endeavor and thats why we think its so important

to connect our online learners through weekly discussion postings that inspire dialogue

about real experiences. Personal Reflection Assignments lay the foundation for an ongoing

personal conversation with the instructor. And just like in any quality classroom environment,

learning is personalized through specific feedback and individualized support as needed

to ensure success.

Teachers will work in Partner Teams for the length of the course producing WikiProjects

that apply their learning to a project-based scenario. For instance, in Module 1 theyll

work together to develop detailed student profiles for specific EL students. In Module

2 theyll look at issues like classroom environment and parent communication. In Module

3, theyll determine what needs the language testing indicates for their students and in

Module 4 theyll use Backwards Design Models to create an original 3 Day Project.

Module 5 will invite them to dig further into specific instructional strategies to meet

the needs of their individual EL students. By Module 6 theyll demonstrate their mastery

through effective feedback to their colleagues and in their final Presentation of Learning.

Please take a few moments to explore our course. Weve included Module 1 here, in its entirety,

to provide you with a real sense of what the course feels like for the learner. The pages

are organized sequentially down the left column making navigation easy but you can also access

things like the Discussion Boards, Dropbox and Wiki-Projects by clicking the tabs across

the top.

Thank you for taking the time to view this video and we look forward to working with


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