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Teachers of English language learners require specialized training beyond the basic credential program in order to prepare their students to succeed in academic English. This section focuses on the theories of second-language acquisition and the laws and policies that affect English language learners. These videos will introduce you to some of the big ideas in the field and how they impact the experience of language learners in the classroom.
Visit classrooms where teachers are using specific strategies and scaffolding to support students' English Language Development in the four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will see students at all three developmental levels---elementary, middle school, and high school. You will also hear teachers reflecting on their own instruction, as well as expert commentary.
The language demands of content area courses are a barrier to learning for all students, but especially English Learners who are still developing fluency in English. Visit classrooms where teachers demonstrate ways to support English Learners in accessing content concepts and language while they are still in the process of gaining English fluency. You will also hear teachers reflecting on their own instruction, as well as expert commentary.
In these videos, you will hear expert commentary and different perspectives on how the student's home culture impacts schooling, and what educators can do to support optimal conditions for student achievement.