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Preparing English Language Learners for Success (K-6)/Semester Course


Do you find yourself struggling for ways to better assist your English language learners? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-6 who want to build a solid foundation in best practices for their ELLs while still keeping true to the Common Core State Standards. Information on ENL best practices is shared as well as specific strategies for incorporating them into the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening, mathematics, science, and social studies. Teachers will gain a solid understanding of the various ESL models and how to grow their ELL students’ vocabularies and comprehension by setting goals, using their home language and culture, and communicating with caregivers. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I really enjoyed the course. I thought that the units were very helpful in providing strategies that I can definitely use in my classroom." - Diana Kalina


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $199

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $429


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.

Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners” by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull-Sypnieski

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: 37BXX

UCSD Course Number: EDUC40111

Unit One

  • What is an English language learner?
  • Language Domains, Types, and Considerations
  • Levels of Language Acquisition
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection

Unit Two

  • Models for Teaching ESL
  • Standards-Based Learning Objectives
  • English Language Development Best Practices
  • Assignment #2: Respond with a plan to a student scenario

Unit Three

  • Strategies for Reading
  • Strategies for Writing
  • Strategies for Speaking
  • Strategies for Listening
  • Assignment #3: Create a language arts activity

Unit Four

  • Strategies for Math
  • Strategies for Science
  • Strategies for Social Studies
  • Assignment #4: Plan a content area lesson

Unit Five

  • Vocabulary Growth
  • Goal Setting to Level Up
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Assignment #5: Create SMART goals

Unit Six

  • Serving Newcomers
  • Using Home Language and Culture to Support English Language Learners
  • Communicating with Caregivers
  • Assignment #6: Analyze a student and develop a learning plan
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)