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Course Descriptions

Teaching Reading and Comprehension to English Language Learners, K-5

EDUC 600

Despite the still-dominant view that ELLs are a homogeneous  group whose needs can be addressed in a one-size-fits-all solution, this course focuses on a differentiated instruction approach premised on research-based, contrastive and personalized learning in reading and comprehension. Presenter Margarita Calderon provides an invaluable  set of resources and practical tools, which teachers can implement immediately in the classroom  and in promoting strong collaboration among teachers and administrators.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • How to recognize the diversity of English learners (ELs) in their classrooms.
  • The importance of building vocabulary among ELs in the early grades.
  • The recommendations of the Common Core State Standards regarding the teaching of reading and writing.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will be able to:

  • Select vocabulary for pre-teaching.
  • Use a seven-step process to pre-teach vocabulary.
  • Use strategies to teach reading comprehension, including think-alouds and partner reading.
  • Use strategies to teach writing and editing.
  • Reflect on their own practices with the goal of improving the reading, writing, and editing skills of English learners.