Oct 31st 2016

Lesson Planning with the ELL in Mind (Coursera)

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In this course you will learn how to design lesson plans around the needs of your ELL students and their language level through the analysis of content language and cognitive demands. You will learn how to align language objectives to the adopted standards of your school and content area. You will learn how to modify existing course materials as well as develop graphic organizers and languages frames to support ELLs’ access to content. Analysis of second language acquisition theories will be applied to lesson planning.

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

* Conceptualize theories of second language acquisition as they apply to the planning of lessons through annotation

* Assess the linguistic needs of your students using BICS and CALP

* Identify content specific vocabulary, grammatical structures, and language functions necessary for a student to succeed in your classroom

* Write language learning outcomes that align to your student’s linguistic and cognitive ability and your school’s adopted standards

* Adapt a lesson plan that accomplishes the learning outcomes outlined in the lesson objectives

* Modify materials to support ELLs’ access to content

* Use a wide variety of graphic organizer templates and language frames to support ELLs’ access to content * Develop activity types appropriate to the cognitive and linguistic abilities of ELLs

* Incorporate community and culture into lesson planning

Lesson Planning with the ELL in Mind is course 1 of 4 in the ELL Success in the Content Classroom: Teacher Toolbox Series Specialisation.

Plan lessons, activities and assessment with the ELL in mind, and create an engaging and welcoming environment for the ELL and their families. This Specialization covers lesson planning and assessing with the ELL in mind as well as engaging the ELL student and their families in the school and community. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply the skills you learned by creating an annotated lesson plan and assessment with appropriate modifications for the ELL students. You will also develop a bank of resources for engaging the ELL in your school and community.