Effective Strategies for Building Language for Diverse Learners, Grades K-12

Teachers need to be sensitive to the diverse needs of ELL/high poverty students, by establishing an environment where all students feel safe and are free to take risks. Teachers should provide opportunities for literacy-rich, classroom interactions (both listening and speaking) that develop concepts and academic language in the disciplines, opportunities for ELL/high poverty students to interact with proficient English speakers within the classroom on a daily basis. Teachers should also provide opportunities for them to build on the strengths they do bring to learning, such as their prior experiences and background knowledge. Teachers should be well prepared and qualified to support the learning needs of these students while helping them to become proficient and literate in Standard English.

The focus of this course is intended for teachers to explore effective strategies for building language for the diverse learners in their classrooms. Teachers will identify effective strategies to enhance the skills of special needs populations, such as students who come from high poverty homes, students whose first language is not English and those students who struggle with reading and writing.

Teachers will identify and use a variety of techniques, strategies and resources for their diverse populations to help build their language skills to promote higher levels of academic language success.

This course is divided into the following modules:

1. Understanding the Language Needs of Diverse Learners
2. Strategies for Meeting the Language Needs of Diverse Learners
3. Implement and Reflect





Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy


Demonstrating Knowledge of Students


Demonstrating Flexibility and Responsiveness


Reflecting on Teaching