Class Overview

English Language Learner: Language Acquisition - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Teachers, gain an understanding of concepts and terms related to educating English language learners (ELL).

Explore developmental theories and how they apply to students for whom English is not their first language.

The focus of this course is on the process of language acquisition and the role of the classroom teacher.

Learn about literacy development, integrating language, co-teaching and the instructional needs of English language learners.

Find out about the legal obligations of schools and teachers to provide services to students learning English and about the types of programs schools might provide.

Gain insight and helpful ideas about communicating with parents/guardians.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.

Technical support information is available in the Help section of your course.

This course is provided by our online education partner, Virtual Education Software (VESI).

Course Outline

Information provided in this course has been divided into four chapters, which should be completed in the order in which they are presented in the program.

Once you have completed these four chapters, you should have a better understanding of the concept of second language acquisition.

You are strongly encouraged to read additional journal articles, books, and research materials outside the course material to gain a better understanding of current issues related to educating students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms.

Chapter 1: Developmental Theories

This chapter focuses on developmental theories and their application to second language acquisition. This is foundational knowledge educators should have to understand how to teach students who are English language learners.

Chapter 2: Language Acquisition

Chapter 2 focuses on the process of first and second language acquisition and how students learn BICS and CALPS. Understanding the process of learning a language is fundamental to teaching English language learners.

Chapter 3: Culture & Language

This chapter focuses on the relationship between culture and language and the importance of that relationship. Included are strategies for learning about the culture of students and families. Without a foundational understanding of culture, educators will not be able to adequately relate to all students and families.

Chapter 4: Programs/Home

Chapter four focuses on the various types of English language learner programs schools and districts might use. Included is a discussion on how to effectively communicate with parents/guardians.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of taking this course, participants will be able to demonstrate their ability to:

  1. Identify key legislation that affects the education of English language learners
  2. Apply knowledge of developmental theories to teaching English language learners
  3. Analyze language acquisition theories and processes at various stage of language development
  4. Review and discuss literacy development for ELL students
  5. Apply knowledge of diversity theories, equity theories, biases, and stereotypes
  6. Develop strategies for co-teaching across subject areas with English language learners
  7. Identify a personal cultural identity and drive
  8. Design curriculum that integrates language into the content of instruction
  9. Analyze how environment, community, family, and culture influences English language learners

Who Should Take this Class?

This course is designed as an informational course for K–12 teachers, administrators, parents, and related service personnel.

Information discussed is designed to help you better understand second language acquisition and current educational models being used to educate English language learners.

This course will allow you to compare and identify how school districts in your own area are implementing English language learning programs, handling current issues, and some of the practices teachers are using to educate students and communicate with parents/guardians.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Please refer to VESi’s website: or contact VESi if you have further questions about the compatibility of your operating system.