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Fundamentals of Teaching English Language Development (K-5)/Flex Course


Do you know how to effectively teacher your second language learners? This online course is designed for teachers who have little or no background teaching English language learners (ELLs). It provides teachers with an overview of the fundamentals of teaching English Language Development (ELD), including the types of programs for English language learners, theories of language acquisition, approaches to teaching a second language, the stages of language acquisition, and the dynamics of English language development in the classroom. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The course really helped me take a clearer look at my understanding of ELL students as well as the importance of having an acute awareness of cultural differences within the classroom." - Linda Sabatelle


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $149

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $379


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.

Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners” by Jane Hill and Kristen Miller

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: 20T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41457

Unit One

  • Introduction
  • Programs Designed for English Language Learners
  • English Language Learners and the ELD Classroom
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Theories of Second Language Acquisition
  • Approaches to Teaching Second Languages
  • Into/Through/Beyond Approach
  • Internet Search Tips
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • The Four Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
  • Stages of Language Acquisition
  • Sample Lessons
  • Adapting Activities for Students at Different Language Levels
  • Test #3
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise

Unit Four

  • Assessment
  • Reflective Teaching
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • What about culture?
  • Examining Cultural Identity
  • Culture's Impact in the Classroom
  • When Misunderstanding and Conflicts Arise
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Utilizing the Multicultural Facet of the Classroom
  • Activities and Resources for Elementary School
  • Activities and Resources for Middle School
  • Assignment #4: Develop an activity using strategies from the course
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)