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ELL Strategies for Mainstreamed Students (6-12)

As the student population becomes increasingly diverse, do you find yourself wondering how to best help the influx of English language learners in your own classroom? This online course is designed for teachers of grades 6-12 who wish to explore how to better help their ELL students succeed academically, while simultaneously supporting their cultural heritage as well as their social-emotional well-being. Teachers will learn specific strategies to best support ELLs on their path to acquisition of a new language while also learning content material. Teachers will take a deep dive into how culture affects the acquisition of a new language, and they will learn a variety of culturally responsive teaching strategies to support their English language learners. This course examines best practices for supporting and scaffolding ELLs in the areas of vocabulary development, English language arts content, mathematics content, science content, and social studies content. Teachers will also learn how having a growth mindset favorably affects ELLs' forward progress with language acquisition and content mastery. Additionally, teachers will be introduced to a variety of strategies to assess these learners both formally and informally. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"This course was wonderful.  There is so much information with the book, the articles, videos and online links. This is my third ELL course and I have learned so much." - Sharon Wholey


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Unlocking English Learners' Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible” by Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 118T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC40275

Unit One

  • ELL Student Profiles
  • The Path to Learning a New Language
  • Sociocultural Aspects of Language Acquisition
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • ELL Teaching Models
  • Types of ELL Instruction
  • Incorporating Culturally-Responsive Teaching Practices into the ELL Classroom
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • WIDA CAN DO Descriptors
  • General ELL Strategies
  • Vocabulary Strategies
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • ELA Strategies
  • Mathematics Strategies
  • Science Strategies
  • Social Studies Strategies
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Growth Mindset
  • Formal Assessment of English Language Learners
  • Informal Assessment of English Language Learners
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • The Role of Home Language and Culture
  • The Importance of Communication
  • Embracing Families as Partners
  • Assignment #4: Reflect on your classroom makeup and then design lesson plans that utilize strategies from the course
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)