Academic Literacy Development for English Learners

New self-paced online course from CAL

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This self-paced online course is designed to provide teachers and administrators with an overview of research-based approaches to literacy and biliteracy development for English learners (ELs) in the mainstream classroom.  

Based on decades of research by the Center for Applied Linguistics on how language is learned and extensive experience working effectively with educators to help English learners succeed in the classroom, the Literacy Development for English Learners online course is divided into three modules designed to provide an overview of research-based approaches to literacy development.

In this course, the three modules will be dedicated to areas associated with literacy: connecting literacy practices with student backgrounds, reading, and writing.

Each module begins with a warm-up activity and includes a narrated PowerPoint presentation and readings. Throughout the course, participants have opportunities to reflect upon and practice new learning, self-assess through quizzes; view real-world examples through video demonstration; and apply lessons learned through applicable wrap-up activities.

  • Module 1 provides an introduction to literacy development as participants explore their own personal definitions of literacy development and compare their experiences to those of English learners.
  • Module 2 explores ideas about vocabulary and reading skill development through concepts and critical thinking as new language knowledge is acquired and cultivated.
  • Module 3 focuses on English language writing development and practices that teaches can employ to promote writing abilities and interest among their English learners. 

Upon registration and payment, you will receive log-on credentials for the course via the email address provided upon registration. 

Each module is self-paced and takes approximately two hours to complete. You will have three months to complete the course. At the conclusion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Center for Applied Linguistics.

CAL also offers a tiered pricing structure for schools and districts who wish to have 10 or more teachers take the online course. 

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To register, please follow the registration link to begin the registration and payment process.