Class Overview

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

Teachers, learn about methods and materials related to educating students whose first language is not English.

Explore how to apply instructional methods in creating lessons; how to create a motivating and caring learning environment; how to integrate teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills; how to differentiate instruction for English language learners; and how to identify culturally appropriate curriculum and instructional resources.

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

You can find technical support information 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 methods and materials for teaching English language learners. 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 who are learning English as a second language.

Chapter 1: English Language Learners

This chapter focuses on who English language learners are and instructional methods that research tells us work best with individuals who are learning a second language, learning academic content, and perhaps also continuing to learn their native language at home and in the community.

Chapter 2: Instructional Strategies

Chapter 2 focuses on instructional methods and theories for teaching individuals who are learning English as a second language.

Chapter 3: Methods

This chapter focuses on specific strategies/methods for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening when teaching individuals who are learning English as a second language.

Chapter 4: Choosing Cultural Materials

Chapter four focuses on how to choose and create culturally sensitive classroom and/or school materials.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply instructional methods in creating lessons
  2. Create a motivating and caring learning environment
  3. Create standards-based lessons
  4. Integrate the teaching of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
  5. Differentiate instruction for English language learners
  6. Identify culturally appropriate curriculum and instructional resources

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 and handling current issues, along with 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.

Instructor, Location & Fee

  • Instructor: Karen Lea
  • Where: Online
  • Fee: $145; $90 to earn clock hours (to be paid upon completion of course)