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Instructional Strategies for ELD and SDAIE (K-12)/Flex Course


Do you have English Language Learners in your classroom? This online course will teach you how to use the into/through/beyond approach which is a proven effective model for working with ELLs. Attention will be given to ELD and SDAIE strategies such as scaffolding, schema building, and reformatting text. Both formal and informal assessment methods will also be shared. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"Before taking this course, I knew very little about how to provide effective teaching strategies for my increasing population of ELD and SDAIE students. I now feel much more confident in structuring appropriate lesson plans that will meet their needs. These lesson plans and strategies will also be effective for my other struggling students with learning disabilities as well. Thank you!" - Jaime Maire


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $135 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $342


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

From Ideas to Words: Writing Strategies for English Language Learners” by Tasha Tropp Laman

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 58T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41472

Unit One

  • An Introduction to ELD and SDAIE
  • Levels of Language Acquisition
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Implications for Classroom Teachers
  • Grouping Options and Strategies
  • Into/Through/Beyond Approach
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Into the Lesson
  • Through the Lesson
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Graphic Organizers
  • Beyond the Lesson
  • Managing the ELL Technological Classroom
  • Excellent Websites
  • Internet Search Strategies
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • About Assessment
  • Formal Assessment
  • Informal Assessment
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Hardware for the ELL Classroom
  • Software for the ELL Classroom
  • How to Evaluate ELL Software
  • Assignment #4: Write an into/through/beyond lesson plan and rubric
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)