Reading can be challenging even for native English speakers, and when you add the variable of English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom, your job of teaching reading can suddenly seem overwhelming. ELLs’ reading proficiencies can vary as widely as native English-speaking students. Therefore, both ESL and general population teachers would benefit from knowing how to scaffold instruction and implement strategies that can reach all students in their classroom.

In this course, you will explore best instructional practices and the classroom conditions necessary to successfully teach reading to ELLs. You’ll learn how to structure lessons in a way that optimizes ELLs’ engagement and achievement, and how to help your ELLs navigate different types of texts and use academic language to discuss what they’ve read. In addition, you’ll be able to confidently reach out to the families of your ELLs, build trust, and encourage involvement in their children’s academic career.

By the end of the course, you will have the skills necessary to teach students at all levels of reading comprehension and push them toward greater understanding and more meaningful engagement of the text.