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Putting SDAIE Theory into Practice (2-8)/Flex Course


Are you struggling to provide content lessons to your English language learners? This online course provides teachers with a variety of SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English) strategies that can be used across content areas and grade levels. These SDAIE practices are the "scaffolds" that enable English language learners to access grade-level curriculum while simultaneously developing academic language. 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 content and resources from this course were current, relevant, and fun! There were many wonderful ideas for implementation in the SDAIE classroom or any classroom!" - Joyce Bourdon


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.

Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas” by Judie Haynes and Debbie Zacarian

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: 21T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41447

Unit One

  • Introduction
  • A Natural Progression of Language
  • The Into, Through, Beyond Approach
  • Introduction to 'Into" Activities
  • Specific Into Activities
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • The Core of the Lesson: The "Through" Segment
  • Through Scaffolds and Activities
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Continuation of "Through" Activities
  • Specific Strategies to Reformat the Content
  • Specific Strategies to Check for Understanding
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • "Beyond" Activities
  • Creating an Active Learning Environment
  • Using the Internet
  • Software for English Language Learners
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Introduction to Assessment
  • Formative and Summative Assessments
  • Aligning Assessment to Standards
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Modifying Traditional Assessments
  • Alternative Forms of Assessment
  • Performance-Based Assessment
  • Assignment #4: Modify a traditional form of assessment
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)