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K-12 Professionals

Best Practices in English Language Learning Instruction

EDUC 600




Instructor: Michelle Kalina

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $250

Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education

Course Description:

This course will provide teachers with the most recent best practice guidelines in all aspects of English Language Learning instruction. Teachers will learn how to create effective lessons for reading, writing, oral language, vocabulary and content-domain literature. Best practices in assessing linguistically and culturally diverse students, as well as how to promote positive school, home and community partnerships will be provided. Recommendations for teaching adolescent ELL learners, as well as those with learning disabilities will be discussed. This course is appropriate for elementary through high-school ELL and general education classroom instructors.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1. Learn the history of teaching ELL learners in the United States and discern appropriate teaching methods.

2. Create lesson plans following the best practices for teaching reading and writing to young ELL learners.

3. Know how to teach middle school ELL learners in the mainstream classroom.

4. Adapt current lesson plans and teaching strategies for ELL students with learning disabilities.

5. Incorporate research based best practices to support literacy and writing assessment.


Li, G. & Edwards, P. (Eds.). (2010). Best practices in ELL instruction. New York:  Guilford Press.

Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.

About The Instructor

Michelle Kalina
Michelle Kalina

Michelle Kalina earned an M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point. Michelle also has a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and a B.A. in German and History, with a minor in Russian. Michelle is ASHA and DPI certified in Early Childhood through Adult Populations in Educational Settings. Michelle has over 17 years of experience as a speech/language clinician.


**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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