Content Strategies for English Language Learners (1 credit) – Course Purpose: Academic Language changes across the various content areas. This can pose problems for students learning through the content and teachers who are not trained to teach language through their content area. The purpose of this course is to help educators identify and use the language of their content for effective teaching of English Language Learners through English language learning strategies.
Course Description: This course looks at the various content area subjects and the variety of language areas that may be problematic for English Language Learners. Often educators focus on the content and forget that the content’s language must be understood to be used effectively for teaching. Many content educators are not taught this in their teacher preparation. This course will help content teachers to develop strategies for using the content language to reach English Language Learners.
Instructor’s Name: Dr. Patricia Reynolds
Instructor’s Bio: Dr. Patricia Reynolds has worked in public education for 46 years and retired from full-time teaching in December 2017. She has been a bilingual educator, a World Language educator, and a general educator. She was one of the first three ESL providers in Stafford County and most recently retired from years in Teacher Education at the University of Mary Washington. Her research interests are in how children use schools to cross-cultural boundaries and the non-native English speaker’s experiences as an educator in US classrooms.
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