I was just introduced to a fantastic free online resource for ESOL professionals. ELL-U is a National Adult English Language Learning Professional Development Network that serves as a free professional development portal for Adult ESOL Educators. Below is an announcement that was distributed through a Listserv that I thought I would include since it provides a clear introduction to current courses, as well as instructions for joining. I just signed up for two study circles myself.
ELL-U is hosting three study circles this spring. Availability is limited so please register early!
Teaching Vocabulary: Research-based Vocabulary Instruction (SC14) will be conducted in three online sessions on April 20, May 4, and May 18, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST. Facilitated by ELL-U faculty member Dr. Susan Finn Miller, participants will focus on the creation of a personalized action plan that applies research to classroom practice.
Second Language Acquisition in Action (SC15) will be conducted in three online sessions on April 17, April 24, and May 1, 2012 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM EST. Facilitated by ELL-U faculty member Dr. Martha Bigelow, participants will focus on the creation of a personalized action plan that applies second language acquisition research to classroom practice.
Diagnostic Reading Assessment for Intermediate English Language Learners (SC16) will be conducted in three online sessions on April 26, May 3, and May 10, 2012 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM EST. Facilitated by ELL-U faculty member Dr. John Strucker, participants will focus on the creation of a personalized action plan that applies assessment research to classroom practice.
To register for study circles, please register to join the ELL-U network. Registration is free. Simply visit http://www.ell-u.org/member/register to get started.
Once you are a registered ELL-U user, go to http://www.ell-u.org/academics/study_circles/ and click the Register Now button next to the study circle description. Once you have signed up, you will be able to access study circle materials and interact with other participants. If space is no longer available interested users will be added to an interest list and will be contacted if a spot opens up.
ELL-U is an innovative and interactive free professional development network for ESOL practitioners. Through a combination of face-to-face events, online learning activities, and collaborative social networking, ELL-U offers registered users 24-hour access to professional learning opportunities and resources. ELL-U is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.
If you have any questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ELL-U Team