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New at ELL-U

Posted on 12/12/2011


The English Language Learner University (ELL-U) is a free online professional development portal for Adult ESOL Educators. Teachers have access to evidence-based instruction training, leading adult ESOL experts, and resources on the ELL-U site while helping to build a community of practice for ESOL professionals in this "virtual" university.

ELL-U is offering some new features and learning activities, including:  

  • ELL-U Study Circles, scheduled to begin in January, 2012, Teaching Vocabulary: Research-based Vocabulary Instruction with Dr. Martha Bigelow, and Second Language Acquisition in Action with Dr. Susan Finn Miller.  
  • ELL-U's first online club, Teaching Vocabulary. Visit the Club's page at the Campus Life section to register.  
  • A free online course, Teaching Adult ELLs Who Are Emergent Readers, along with the full course catalog of archived online courses.

Anyone can open a new account to keep track of progress at the My Portal section, where certificates of completion can be downloaded for all users who have completed a learning activity. You can also follow ELL-U on Facebook and Twitter, or for more information, go to FAQs.

The mission of ELL-U is to broaden, deepen, and strengthen the knowledge and skills of educators working with adult ELLs. By providing free professional development and training through a collaborative online community, ELL-U hopes to transform the way ELL instruction is delivered. ELL-U has been funded with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education and is operated by Kratos Learning Solutions.