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Fourth Offering of Stanford University MOOC Announced

Stanford University is offering their longest-running course, Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for College and Career Readiness, from February 18 – May 19. Registration for this latest round of the MOOC is free and available here. The MOOC is described as such: “In this thirteen-week course taught by Kenji Hakuta, Jeff Zwiers, and Sara Rutherford-Quach from Understanding Language,…

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Common Core Ideas: Using Read-Alouds with English Language Learners

In this blog post written for Colorín Colorado, Rhode Island administrator and WIDA trainer Julie Motta walks through a read-aloud activity for first grade and highlights how she engaged the students with the story, brought in content-area connections, and included informal assessment to check comprehension. She also outlines the standards related to the activity. To…

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Upcoming Webinar: Cultivating Academic Language and Literacy in Science Instruction

Academic language is in! Following our posts about the Teaching Channel’s recent video series on developing ELLs’ academic language, we learned that the Education Connections Network will be hosting a free webinar on academic language this month. Titled “Cultivating Academic Language and Literacy,” the webinar will take place on Tuesday, December 9, from 1-2 pm…

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Using Pair and Group Work to Develop ELLs’ Oral Language Skills

In our last post, we shared information about the new Teaching Channel ELL series based on  Academic Conversations (2011) by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford featuring related classroom videos developed in partnership with the Oakland Unified School District. This week we’d like to delve deeper into these resources and provide strategies for building the oral…