Sheltered English Instruction in the Content Areas
This course is the first of a two-course sequence aiming to fulfill the requirements for Categories I through IV of the April 2006 Guidelines for Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) professional development of the Massachusetts Department of Education. This first course covers Category II, furnishing all teachers with instructional strategy knowledge and practice needed to successfully teach second language learners. The course is designed to equip prospective and in-service teachers with skills to effectively organize and implement content area instruction appropriate for English language learners at different levels of English proficiency. The myriad student language backgrounds primarily encountered in increasingly diverse urban school districts are discussed. The main focus area centers on sheltering content instruction for a variety of proficiency levels/content areas. Instructional strategies and content area units/lessons related to the Curriculum Frameworks and Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes (ELPBO) are developed and documented in a sample portfolio. The course content is delivered through experiential, participatory and process-oriented strategies that are used successfully with English language learners and build reflective practices. This is a three graduate credit course requiring a minimum of 37.5 contact hours.