Teaching English Language Learners Across the Curriculum Part II

Presented by: Elizabeth Jiménez

Presenter Elizabeth Jiménez puts theory into practice with a review of Cummins’ theory of task difficulty (Cummins’ Quadrants) followed by a powerful lesson demonstration using a language other than English to showcase how comprehension is enhanced using sheltered instructional techniques. The course features observations of several ESL classrooms where Jimenez demonstrates key sheltered instruction strategies such as Total Physical Response and literacy techniques such as Language Experience Approach and how to plan for and address task difficulty through sheltered instruction techniques. The benefits of ESL techniques are also explored: team teaching, peer tutoring, educational technology, and working with bilingual paraprofessionals to support student learning. Educators will explore the importance of cultural diversity, how to organize lessons around meaningful themes, how to communicate effectively with families, and how to engage families and communities in student learning. Additional features include a culture quiz to appreciate cultural differences and their impact on student behavior and interviews with EL literacy experts Dr. Gil Garcia, Dr. Maria Quezada, and Cheryl Ortega.

The course addresses instructional strategies using assessments for analyzing data, setting goals, differentiating instruction, and monitoring instruction. Through demonstrations, classroom observations, anecdotal examples, and interviews with students and educators, participants learn to apply ELL strategies to their own classrooms in all four domains of language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.


45 Clock Hours $279 View Syllabus Add To Cart

1 Graduate Credit ** $304 View Syllabus Add To Cart

3 Graduate Credits $499 View Syllabus Add To Cart


** 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.