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Free Online Offerings From National Adult English Language Learning Professional Development Network (ELL-U)

Posted on 09/21/2012

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First launched in January 2011, ELL-U is a free online professional development network for teachers working with adult English language. ELL-U has just added several new free professional development courses. These courses are self-paced and on-demand. Participants receive a certificate of completion that can be submitted to states or program in accordance with local requirements. Here are the current offerings:

  • ELL-U Orientation Tutorial (OC00) provides guidance on how to best utilize ELL-U resources, learning activities, and communities to improve teacher practice.
  • Second Language Acquisition: Myths, Beliefs, and What the Research Shows (OC01) offers participants a self-paced, online research-based introduction to second language acquisition by exploring common myths and beliefs about how languages are taught and learned.
  • Teaching Adult English Language Learners Who Are Emergent Readers (OC02) offers participants self-paced, research-based information about teaching adult ELLs who are just beginning to acquire print literacy largely due to lack of access to formal schooling.

For a complete description of these and other courses, visit the Course Catalog (pdf). If you wish to register for online courses, first join the ELL-U network. Registration is free — get started at ELL-U Registration (www) and follow the instructions. Be sure to check the Academics (www) section for updates to courses, study circle announcements and other training events.

ELL-U (www) is supported by the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Adult and Vocational Education. Its' mission is to begin to develop a community of practice which will provide adult ESOL educators with tools to broaden, deepen, and strengthen teacher development and the overall quality of adult English language instruction. By harnessing new media tools, ELL-U provides opportunities to connect with others in the field, access people and resources around the world, and provide opportunities for instant and diverse social networking and learning.

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