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Teaching English Language Learners

Teaching English Language Learners

  • EDUC 401C
  • SLN: 13727
  • Time: Tuesdays 2:30-3:50pm
  • Location: CMU 228
  • Seminar start date: Oct. 7th
  • Facilitator: Michel Riquelme Sanderson ( and Anna Van Windekens (

The number of English Language Learners (ELLs) has increased by over 50% in the last decade, with some states, like South Carolina and Indiana, experiencing extremely rapid growth of English Learner populations. Some demographers predict that in 20 years the ratio of ELL students to English-only students could be one in four (Feriazzo & Sypnieski, 2012). With a growing number of English language learners in the US, it is important for educators to be more linguistically and culturally responsive.

In this seminar, we will:

1.     Gain familiarity with some of the pressing issues and challenges of ELLs in public, K-12 education.

 2.     Review some instructional strategies and techniques to work with ELLs.

 3.     Engage in self-reflection as a backdrop to a tutoring practicum experience.

4.     Develop a critical consciousness about the relationship between the policies and practices of public schooling, and how these reflect and/or challenge mainstream American ideology. 

For this seminar, the number of credits a student receives depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance. Credit and tutoring requirements are as follows:

  • 1 credit: 2.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)
  • 2 credits: 2.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)
  • 3 credits: 5 hours tutoring/week (at least 40 hours tutoring/quarter)
  • 4 credits: 7.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 60 hours tutoring/quarter)
  • 5 credits: 10 hours tutoring/week (at least 80 hours tutoring/quarter)