This course explores best practices for encouraging and teaching K-12 Linguistically Diverse Education (LDE) students' language development in receptive and productive language, as well as their integration of language skills with content area learning. Course content introduces the SIOP model for observation, lesson planning, and assessment tools.
The course project, English Language Skills Toolbox: Creating Resources for Educators prepares candidates to select teaching/learning activities, models, methods, and/or techniques, as well as assessment tools, suitable for K-12 LDE students. Developing and using these tools and activities allows candidates to demonstrate how teacher decisions apply the principles of second language acquisition (SLA).
This course does not include a required field-based activity.
Course Learning Objectives
- Relate instructional principles for SLA to development of social and academic language, and methods for teaching language skills.
- Identify and assess LDE students’ needs and difficulties, and provide necessary scaffolding.
- Create culturally sensitive and supportive, standards-based learning environments that support the needs of all LDE students, including those with limited formal schooling in their first language.
- Design and implement lessons focused on specific language skill(s), and appropriate for students’ age and language proficiency levels.
- Design and implement sheltered instruction integrating language learning and content learning objectives (i.e., the SIOP Model).
- Locate and use curriculum materials and resources appropriate for LDE students’ age/grade, and language proficiency levels.
You will be required to view segments from the DVDs that accompany the textbooks. If your PC does not have the DVD decoder software, you may download a free version at codecs.com.