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 modules 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 modules' 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 module.


These modules 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 modules, unless your submissions do not meet proficiency requirements. Discussion board activities allow you to learn from other teachers in the module. 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 module at a proficient level.

$60 per module

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

Online / Instructor Led (all modules)

Registration Periods

Each month, participants have from the 1st through the 15th to register for courses.

Participants will have until the last day of the month in which they registered to complete the course(s).

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.

Refund Policy

*To qualify for grant funding, you must:

  • Have been in a professional educator role in Arkansas in the academic year 2018-2019
  • Plan to be in a professional educator role in Arkansas in the academic year 2019-2020
  • Register online and supply information about your employer, school, class, etc.

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

Effective Teaching for English Learners

The first module, Effective Planning for English Learners, focuses on incorporating content and language objectives into lessons to develop English skills across the curriculum. The module 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 module 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 module 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.


Dr. Janet Penner-Williams
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL Program

Kimberlyn Gibson
Project CONNECT Director

Shelly McKeever
Project SOAR Director

Trish Lopez
Project CONNECT Research Associate

Sarah Frederickson
Project SOAR Research Associate