• Understanding Language Acquisition
  • Session 1: Language and Identity
  • Session 2: Who are Our ELLs? Defining Needs and Strengths
  • Session 3: Current Realities: ESL Programs and Practices
  • Session 4: Creating Comprehensible Input
  • Session 5: The Role of Interaction
  • Session 6: Stages of Development and Errors and Feedback
  • Session 7: Proficiencies and Performances
  • Session 8: Displays of Professional Development
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  • HW 1.5: Select a Student to Study


    Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

    Employ theories of acquisition of a primary and new language in instruction.

    Assessment: 50 pts.

    Due: Session 2

    Teachers can apply their case study on one student as they generalize their practices to assist all second language learners gain control of the English language at their grade level.

    Students are learning about how people learn second languages in this course.  They will now select a current or former student to create a case study about including assessing the student using multiple assessments culminating in an individual language development plan for this student.


    1. Consider your current students, or a former student if you have no English language learners in your present class.  Determine the student you will work with and assess to create an individual language development plan for the student.
    2. Bring the student’s name and a description that responds to the question “Who is this child?” to class.

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