An online community of practice focusing on teaching language strategies in reading, writing, listening and speaking that will help prepare ESOL learners at all levels for their next steps in college or careers.
Participants will learn and implement several tools and techniques for teaching English language learning strategies that are aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards. Included are strategies for acquiring knowledge from informational and procedural texts, pre- and post-reading strategies, listening with a purpose, note-taking strategies, among others. The community of practice is designed for participants to try out various tools and techniques appropriate to their classroom needs and student levels, and to receive feedback, guidance and support from the CoP facilitator and other participants.
The CoP lasts six weeks, with an estimated time commitment of one-two hours each week. Participants are expected to complete an online self-study course that covers background information on the topic and relevant classroom examples. They are also expected to apply what they're learning in their classrooms, and debrief and discuss the readings and their experiences in online weekly discussion forums. The CoP is run though the Blackboard learning management system, and upon registering, participants will be enrolled in a Bb course. Links within the Blackboard course will take participants to the LINCS website where they will complete the self-study course.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Explain the importance of language learning strategies for adult English language learners
- Implement tools and techniques for teaching ELLs strategies for reading, listening, speaking, and writing in English