Second Language Acquisition for English Learners

An Ethnic teacher is leading a class of elementary school children.

— Offered by the College of Education and Health Professions —

Earn professional development hours through the Second Language Acquisition 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 first language learning, stages of second language acquisition, and how to promote second language in 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 how they learn the language needed for student learning and growth. Those who do not meet the qualifications for grant funding can pay $60 for each class module.

$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.

Refund Policy

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.


*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.

First Language Learning

This module focuses on first language learning and the process we go through to acquire our first language. In this module you will reflect on how language shapes the mind or how our mind shapes language, stages of language development and understanding first language development.

  • Analyze what role language has in the way we think
  • Identify the six stages of language development
  • Describe biases and variables in language acquisition

Stages of Second Language Acquisition

This module focuses on second language learning and the process students go through to acquire a second language. In this module, you will compare multilingualism to monolingualism, learn each stage of second language acquisition, and analyze language learning programs.

  • Compare and contrast the practice of multilingualism to monolingualism
  • Interpret each stage of second language acquisition
  • Analyze language learning in English-as-a-Second-Language and foreign language programs

Second Language Acquisition in the Classroom

In the classroom, English learners are involved in the complex process of acquiring a new language. Through this process of second language acquisition, the language learning path may vary for different learners. Second language acquisition in the classroom has factors such as: language acquisition contexts, age, prior educational experiences, social and cultural factors, and teacher expectations and perspectives on language learning errors.

  • Create a lesson in their classroom that focuses on ELLs by applying 3 basic principles
  • Integrate appropriate, choice strategies to promote second language comprehension and acquisition



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