Course Description

English Language Learner: Language Acquisition was written to help teachers understand concepts and terms related to educating students whose first language is not English. This course discusses developmental theories and how they apply to English language learners. The focus of this course is on the process of second language acquisition and the role of the classroom teacher. Included in this course is information about literacy development, integrating language, co-teaching, ELL instructional needs and the legal obligations of schools and teachers to provide services and about the types of programs schools might provide. Also included is information on communicating with parents/guardians.

Learner Outcomes

As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:

  • Identify key legislation that affects the education of English language learners
  • Apply knowledge of developmental theories to teaching English language learners
  • Analyze language acquisition theories and processes at various stage of language development
  • Review and discuss literacy development for ELL students
  • Apply knowledge of diversity theories, equity theories, biases, and stereotypes
  • Develop strategies for co-teaching across subject areas with English language learners
  • Identify a personal cultural identity and drive
  • Design curriculum that integrates language into the content of instruction
  • Analyze how environment, community, family, and culture influences English language learners
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Section Title
English Language Learner: Language Acquisition
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (4 units) $390.00
Available for Credit
4 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Virtual Education Software, Inc (VESi).

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

The course facilitator is Karen Lea.


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