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Facilitating Instruction for English Language Learners**
 
Course Description
    

This seven-week workshop is designed to help classroom teachers learn ways to raise achievement of English Language Learners in their classrooms by understanding, applying and implementing Sheltered Instruction. Participants will learn about the legal issues pertaining to Limited English Proficient students, develop background knowledge of second language acquisition, and explore the theory and practice of Sheltered Instruction. Participants will also examine Sheltered Instruction, including sheltering assessments, for both elementary and secondary English Language Learners. This workshop will also highlight the uses of technology to shelter instruction.

**Participants in this course must be currently employed as a classroom teacher or school administrator.

 
Course Syllabus
    

 


Facilitating Instruction for English Language Learners

Overview

   This seven-week workshop is designed to help classroom teachers learn ways to raise achievement of English Language Learners in their classrooms by understanding, applying and implementing Sheltered Instruction. Participants will learn about the legal issues pertaining to Limited English Proficient students, develop background knowledge of second language acquisition, and explore the theory and practice of Sheltered Instruction. Participants will also examine Sheltered Instruction, including sheltering assessments, for both elementary and secondary English Language Learners. This workshop will also highlight the uses of technology to shelter instruction.

This workshop will enable participants to:
  • Address and evaluate the legal requirements for serving English Language Learners.
  • Develop and utilize knowledge in the classroom about Second Language Acquisition.  
  • Expand comprehension on modifying classroom curriculum for elementary and secondary English Language Learners.  
  • Utilize technology for Sheltered Instruction and remediation.  
  • Become skilled at assessing English Language Learners utilizing Sheltered Instructional strategies. 
  • Plan a lesson utilizing the Sheltered Instruction approach for English Language Learners

As a final project, participants will develop a lesson plan using a criteria checklist to help them modify curriculum to provide equal access for English Language Learners in the classroom.

Course Organization
This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.

Read
When you see this icon you will be reading relevant articles, resources, and instructional materials that will help inform your online course development process.

Activities
When you see this icon you will be completing activity-based curriculum and inputting various components of your course content into course project.

Discuss
When you see this icon you will be using the online discussion board to share ideas, resources, and thoughtful conversation with your fellow course participants and facilitator.
Prerequisites
This professional development course is designed for K-12 teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists and administrators.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience.  Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files.  Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. 
Format and Requirements
This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be two to four hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:
Session One Legal Requirements for Serving Limited English Proficient Students
Session Two Second Language Acquisition
Session Three Sheltering Instruction for English Language Learners in the Classroom
Session Four Using Technology to Enhance Sheltered Instruction
Session Five Sheltering Classroom Assessments for English Language Learners
Session Six Putting it all Together: Lesson Planning using Sheltered Instruction
Session One of this course provides vital information about the legal requirements for schools serving Limited English Proficient students.  Session Two follows with the exploration of various theories of Second Language Acquisition.  The focus of Session Three is on how to make the classroom content comprehensible for LEP students and Session Four builds on and expands participants' knowledge about using technology in the classroom to enhance learning.  During Session Five, participants will work with alternative assessments to appropriately measure student learning.  In Session Six, participants finalize their lesson plan for LEP students with a concentration on the Sheltered Instruction approach. 
Assessment

 

Discussion Postings:

Participants are expected to respond to the online discussion prompt in each of the course sessions with an original posting. Participants are also expected to respond to the postings of a minimum of two course participants in each course session.
For guidelines regarding original discussion postings and responses click here.


 

Participants are expected to complete the required readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Participants are expected to post reflections about the assigned readings and the completed activities in the online discussion.

Course Activities:

In an online environment, participants can work at their own pace, whenever and wherever is most convenient. Participants are not required to be online at the same time as anyone else in the course. In order to get the most out of the online discussions, it is important to log in 2 or 3 times per week to read other participants messages and to post your own.  You will need about 3 hours each week to complete all of the assignments. An additional 24 hours will be devoted throughout the course to the design of the course project.


 

Final Product:

Participants are expected to complete and submit the final product during the final workshop session. 

As part of the final product for this course, participants will complete a Sheltered Instruction Lesson Plan 

 


 

Course Surveys:

Participants are expected to complete the pre-course survey during the first week of the course and the final course survey within one week of the end of the last course session.

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, Facilitating Classroom Instruction for English Language Learners, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via email shortly after the completion of the course.
Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Concord University or Marshall University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.