• 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 3.2 Learning about Input


    Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

    Identify and analyze the role of input and inter-action patterns to promote language development.

    Assessment: 50 pts.

    Due: Session 4

    Teachers can increase their ability to meet the needs of English learners by attending to the principle of input, enabling students to understand concepts and achieve in their education.

    At the end of this course, students are expected to know, understand and use the concepts of second language acquisition. Students can be resources for each other. An individual student can develop knowledge in a limited area and then help other students develop deep understanding. Through sharing expertise with experiences negotiating meaning and application, all students will develop a deep understanding of input as a principle of communication.


    1. Read your assigned article.
    2. As you read, fill in the accompanying concept application sheet.
    3. Prepare to use the application sheet in session 4 in jigsaw presentations.
      1. You will first meet in a group that read the same articleyou did. Together you willdiscuss and make sure you can appropriately sharewith your home group.
      2. Your home group will consist of a group of 5, each of whom read a different article.
      3. In the home group, each person will teach what they learned from readingtheir article, and questions will be asked and answered within the group.

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