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Teaching ELLs: A Literacy Instruction Toolkit

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Dates: Tuesdays, April 10 – May 22
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
New Visions’ Fee: $25*
Related Materials: Syllabus

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.

As a result of taking this course, teachers will know and be able to do the following:

  1. Identify cognitive strategies that can support the literacy development of English Language Learners
  2. Enact these cognitive strategies in their own classrooms in the context of an Inquiry Cycle
  3. Carry out an Inquiry Cycle by: identifying ELL target students and learning targets; identifying a relevant cognitive strategy; designing and implementing instruction; collecting and analyzing student work; designing a new intervention; and presenting the complete Inquiry Cycle among peers  

Course Expectations:

  • Attend six 2-hour face-to-face sessions
  • Actively engage in classroom discussions and activities
  • Provide and receive peer feedback with enthusiasm and an open mind
  • Carry out an Inquiry Cycle with one’s students
  • Present a complete Inquiry Cycle among with peers

This class will be taught by

Brendaly Torres

Brendaly Torres is a “Bronxite” who has been serving her community as an educator for the past 11 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 seven years. She is currently an ENL specialist and an instructional coach at East Bronx Academy for the Future, a small 6-12 public school in the Bronx. In her free time, she can be found reading a book, traveling, and being civically engaged.


Course Location

New Visions for Public Schools
205 E. 42nd Street, 4th FL
New York, NY 10017

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.