Strategies for Making Content Accessible to ELs

Strategies for Making Content Accessible to ELs

Course Description

Are you an ESOL teacher who wants additional strategies to strengthen your work with ELs?

Or, are you a content area or classroom teacher who needs strategies and tools to foster ELs’ acquisition of language and content?

Or, do you know a colleague whose ELs could benefit from additional strategies?

We’d love for you and your colleagues to join us in our online, interactive self-paced EL strategies course. Together, we’ll explore research-based practices for supporting ELs as they learn academic language and content. These practices are based on Diane and Sydney’s best selling book Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible.

Over the three course components, you  will have an opportunity to learn about and apply strategies to:

  • Effectively scaffold content instruction for ELs of varying proficiency levels,
  • Incorporate academic conversations into lessons to support ELs’ oral language development and content learning, and
  • Use formative assessments to assess ELs’ language and content learning and plan instruction tailored to meet ELs’  specific academic needs.

As in our other online courses, the heart of this course is a facilitated Professional Learning Community (PLC)-based discussion. You will be able to share your expertise with colleagues as well as learn what strategies others are using to effectively support ELs in their schools and districts.

This guided online course provides:

  • Three flexible learning components that you can work on at times that are most convenient for you
  • 12 hour professional development certificate upon satisfactory completion of the course*
  • Interactive  PLC discussions that provide opportunities to apply strategies, share, and develop ideas
  • Video clips of EL strategies in action in the classroom
  • Practical application activities to apply course content to your own contexts
  • Resource and tool sharing
  • Guiding and reflective questions in a note-taking guide

*You will need to confirm the PD hours with your school or district.

Bulk Course Purchasing for Districts

Each course costs $220 per participant per district (based on our early bird rate and a 20% bulk discount) with a minimum of 30 participants per course.

Graduate credit can be obtained through Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC for an additional fee ($199 per credit) and the successful completion of each 12-hour online course. Contact us at for specific instructions to include graduate credit along with your course.