Teaching English Language Learners Across the Curriculum Part I

Presented by: Elizabeth Jiménez

For ELL students the foundation of language acquisition and development are essential for setting the stage for developing instructional strategies that are comprehensible across the curriculum. In this course presenter Elizabeth Jiménez demonstrates a comprehensive strategy for ELL educators including: assessing student knowledge, identifying language learning objectives, and developing differentiated instructional practices. The course also features research-based pedagogical tactics that promote comprehension such as background building, frontloading vocabulary, using graphic organizers to enhance higher order thinking, leveraging the primary language to facilitate learning, using culturally responsive materials, and employing media, technology and other visual supports to enhance learning. Participants will also learn how to preview textbooks for idiomatic expressions and multiple meaning words, to plan lessons that incorporate academic language development, and to utilize primary language cognates. In addition, Jiménez reviews contextual factors such as motivation, peer pressure, family values, and L-1 proficiency that impact the success of academic pursuits. An interview with a student about the influence of gangs in his community provides perspective and insight for teachers about reaching disaffected students.


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3 Graduate Credits $499 View Syllabus Add To Cart


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** Plus additional fee of $55 payable to Adams State University at course completion. See Program Details for more information.

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Elizabeth Jiménez

Elizabeth Jiménez

Elizabeth Jiménez is the CEO of GEMAS, a consulting and advocacy firm dedicated to improving the education of English learners and their families. Jiménez earned an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center at Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Spanish from CSU, Fullerton. Jiménez taught English learners for nine years; then, she cut her teeth in politics working in her state legislature on pioneering legislation for English learners. She has taught literacy methods courses in English and in Spanish for college teacher preparation programs. Jiménez has written over 25 textbooks for Pre-K-12 English learners. Jiménez is a highly sought after keynote speaker, coach, and professional developer, having worked with school districts and charter schools in over 20 states and Puerto Rico. Her many projects include working with the Department of Education in Puerto Rico; Bassett Unified School District; and Riverside, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino Counties in California to improve learning outcomes for English learners. She has been a panelist, session speaker, moderator, or keynote speaker for national and local organizations and conferences including NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials), Latino Leadership Conference, LAUSD Achieving A– Summit, Milken Institute Global Conference, and Puerto Rico TESOL Conference.