Elsa Billings

 

 


 

Elsa Billings is a consultant for the Understanding Language Initiative.Elsa holds a Ph.D. and two M.A.'s from Stanford University.Her work as an educator and researcher seeks to address one of the nation's most pressing issues; informing and improving educational access and opportunities for linguistically and culturally diverse students.Elsa has extensive experience and expertise in teaching, curriculum development, professional development of teachers and coaches, and working with schools to improve instructional practices for English language learners (ELLs).Elsa has published numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her corpus of work includes investigations of the pedagogical practices in serving ELLs in the classroom, and the ways that technological innovations can support teaching and learning. Elsa's current research agenda seeks to extend this work by more closely examining the professional development (PD) provided teachers around the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, with a specific focus on ways that this PD targets gaps in teachers' understandings of how to implement effective instruction for their ELLs.




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Apr 1st 2016

English as a New Language (ENL); English Language Development (a.k.a. English as a Second Language (ESL); Designated ESL; Stand-Alone ESL/ENL; or, Focused Language Study) takes a variety of forms in present-day schools. In many schools, teachers teach ENL for a set amount of time (e.g., 30 minutes) a day. Other ENL teachers have multiple classes each day. In many cases, teachers think that they need to focus solely on grammar and vocabulary. However, emphasizing grammar and vocabulary is not the most effective for lasting and engaging language learning. Language was created to get things done, to communicate – and this is where this MOOC starts. It focuses on how to design and teach activities that are saturated with communication, and where needed, strategically develop grammar and vocabulary to support communication.

Average: 6 (2 votes)
Oct 1st 2015

English language development (a.k.a. English as a Second Language; English as a New Language, "Designated ELD," Focused Language Study) takes a variety of forms in present-day schools. In many schools, teachers teach ELD for a set amount of time (e.g., 30 minutes) a day. Other ELD/ESL teachers have multiple classes each day. In many cases, teachers emphasize grammar and vocabulary. However, the grammar and vocabulary route isn't the most effective for lasting and engaging language learning.. Language was created to get things done, to communicate—and this is how students best learn it. This is where this MOOC starts. It focuses on how to design and teach activities that are saturated with communication, and, where needed, strategically develop grammar and vocabulary to support communication.

Average: 3.2 (5 votes)