Teaching ELLs: A Literacy Instruction Toolkit
This course provides middle and high school teachers with practical knowledge and skills to serve the fastest growing subgroup of students in the United States: English Language Learners (ELLs). Through experiential learning, participants will learn a number of cognitive strategies to support language and literacy development. Participants apply what they are learning in their own classrooms by identifying learning targets related to literacy that can be addressed by cognitive strategies. They will then implement instruction to address these learning targets. Teachers will collect student work that provides evidence of student progress in relation to the identified learning targets, analyze this evidence and design a new intervention based on their analysis of student work. The entire cycle of inquiry will be presented to classmates at the end of the course.
While focusing primarily on practical approaches to teaching literacy, we will also examine social and cultural forces that influence the acquisition of second-language literacy for students in grades 6-12. The course will be taught primarily with English Language Learners in mind, but the strategies explored in this mini-course can be used effectively with all students.
Participants who successfully complete this course will demonstrate the ability to enact a cognitive strategy to support the language and literacy development of English Language Learners.
- Attend six 2-hour in-person sessions
- Actively engage in classroom discussions and activities
- Provide and receive peer feedback with enthusiasm and an open mind
- Develop a lesson plan that integrates a literacy strategy and rehearse it during the course
This class will be taught by
Brendaly Torres is a “Bronxite” who has been serving her community as an educator for the past 12 years. She holds a B.A. in sociology, an M.S.Ed in TESOL from CUNY Lehman College, and an extension in Students with Disabilities 7-12 from Mercy College. She has been supporting Multilingual Learners and teaching English as a New Language (ENL) for the past 8 years. She is currently an ENL teacher at International Community High School, a progressive public school situated in the vibrant South Bronx that has been dedicated to educating Multilingual Learners. In her free time, she can be found reading a book, traveling, and being civically engaged.
New Visions for Public Schools
205 E. 42nd Street, 4th FL
New York, NY 10017
Watch Brendaly Torres, the facilitator of this course, speak about her experiences as a participant and later, as a facilitator, of MicroCert coursework in our new video.
Course Fees & Registration Policies
*New Visions is covering the course fees for educators who work in a New Visions school (charter or district). See our terms & conditions page for further information regarding registering with the DOE for P-credit and other details such as our refund policy.