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Preparing English Language Learners for Success (K-6)

Do you find yourself struggling for ways to better assist your English language learners? This online course is designed for teachers who want to dig deep into their own teaching practices and explore strategies and initiatives for incorporating students’ cultural backgrounds and experiences so that the focus is on the whole child/student, including his/her cultural and linguistic identity. Information on ENL best practices is shared as well as specific strategies for incorporating them into the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening, mathematics, science, and social studies. Teachers will gain a solid understanding of the various ESL models and how to grow their ELL students’ vocabularies and comprehension by setting goals, using their home language and culture, and communicating with caregivers. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"In my 15 years of teaching ESL, I can honestly say this was the best training I received. The content, the resources, the strategies were superior to any training I've received thus far." - Janine Burns


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.

Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners” by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull-Sypnieski

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: 37T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC40111

Unit One

  • What is an English language learner?
  • Language Domains, Types, and Considerations
  • Levels of Language Acquisition
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Models for Teaching ESL
  • Standards-Based Learning Objectives
  • English Language Development Best Practices
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Strategies for Reading
  • Strategies for Writing
  • Strategies for Speaking
  • Strategies for Listening
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Strategies for Math
  • Strategies for Science
  • Strategies for Social Studies
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Vocabulary Growth
  • Goal Setting to Level Up
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Serving Newcomers
  • Using Home Language and Culture to Support English Language Learners
  • Communicating with Caregivers
  • Assignment #4: Analyze a student and develop a learning plan
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)