Instructional Methods for English Learners

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— Offered by the College of Education and Health Professions —

Earn professional development hours through the Instructional Methods for English Learners series offered by the College of Education and Health Professions. A National Professional Development grant through the Office of English Acquisition at the U.S. Department of Education will cover the majority of the cost of the three 6-hour courses designed to provide you with the basic knowledge and teaching skills necessary to address the growing number of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students within your classroom and school. The overall focus is to provide participants with knowledge and skills targeted for culturally and linguistically diverse students related to effective planning, instructional strategies, and academic conversations. Those who do not meet the qualifications for grant funding can pay $60 for each class course.


These courses contain self-paced activities for professional development hours. Just as you do not receive individual feedback from the presenter on activities you participate in for face to face PD, you will not be given feedback on these courses, unless your submissions do not meet proficiency requirements. Discussion board activities allow you to learn from other teachers in the course. Rubrics are provided to help you self-assess your work. At the end of the month, your work will be assessed by an instructor. Feedback will be given at that time if needed. You will receive a certificate of completion from Global Campus after your work has been assessed if you complete the course at a proficient level.

$60 per course

*$12 per course for qualified educators through a U.S. Department of Education grant.    Requirements

Online / Instructor Led (all courses)

Participants will have one month to complete the course(s).

Selection of the month you would like to access and complete the course is available during registration.

Courses are not offered in December.

Recommended Book (not included)

Unlocking English Learners' Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible
by Diane Staehr Fenner

ISBN-13: 978-1506352770
ISBN-10: 1506352774
The book will be used for all three classes.

Effective Teaching for English Learners

The first course, Effective Planning for English Learners, focuses on incorporating content and language objectives into lessons to develop English skills across the curriculum. The course focuses on the purposeful use of language functions and frames to create successful learning goals.


  • Plan with purpose for language and engagement of CLD students.
  • Create language objectives in content area instruction to support CLD learners.
  • Construct a differentiated lesson plan with content and language objectives incorporating language functions and frames.

Instructional Strategies for English Learners

You will learn differentiated strategies that go beyond good teaching to enhance the learning of culturally and linguistically diverse students. The core of this course is creating opportunities for success for culturally and linguistically diverse students through specific strategies and techniques.


  • Construct a lesson plan with CLD instructional strategies allowing for CLD students to demonstrate and enhance learning.
  • Implement instructional strategies that are effective for CLD students in the classroom that correlate with ELP standards.

Academic Conversations and Target Language

You will learn how to support students' academic discourse and target language. In course three we will focus on supporting speaking, listening, reading, and writing for culturally and linguistically diverse students.


  • Construct a lesson plan that includes target language and academic conversations for CLD students.
  • Utilize academic conversations with CLD students.
  • Apply the strategy of discussion cards with CLD students.

Discount Requirements

Requirements to qualify for the discount covered by grant funding.

  • Currently be in a professional educator role in the state of Arkansas
  • Register with an email address from an Arkansas educational institution

If you do not meet these qualifications and are interested in this course, please contact us for registration and payment information.    or    479-464-5024


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