Understanding the English Language Learner

Based on the work of David Sousa.

Available Formats:
  • 30 Hours
  • 45 Hours


Selecting instructional strategies for your English language learners will make more sense when you understand how the brain learns language. Dive into current research with this course and learn how to translate what you learn into effective K-12 classroom practices for your ELL students. Based on the best-selling book by brain research expert David A. Sousa, this course provides the in-depth insight you need to overcome your ELL classroom challenges.


The course offers strategies and tools that enable you to:

  • Gauge your understanding of how the brain learns languages and translate the research into step-by-step classroom applications.
  • Gain an understanding of the connection between learners' first languages and cultures on their ability to learn new languages.
  • Learn ready-to-use, brain-compatible strategies for teaching English learners across the curriculum.
  • Build on your skill set for recognizing and detecting English language learning problems, including the social, cultural, and physical causes and identifying strategies for supporting them.
  • Discover successful intervention strategies to use with struggling ELLs, including methods for working with older students.

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Course Modules Include:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Learning a First Language and Being Bilingual
  • Module 2: Learning English Later
  • Module 3: Teaching Listening and Speaking
  • Module 4: Teaching Reading and Writing
  • Module 5: Teaching Tips for ELL Teachers
  • Module 6: Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies
  • Module 7: Teaching Math and Science
  • Module 8: Teaching Tips for Content Teachers
  • Module 9: Working with Exceptional Students
  • Module 10: Putting It All Together
  • Module 11: Technology Teaching Tips
  • Capstone Project

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