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ELPS for Adult Educators

ELPS and Adult Educators is a 4-week online course designed to give participants a deep dive into the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education or ELPS. The course is geared toward teachers who are new to the standards and who currently teach ELLs at any level, including ESOL, ABE, and ASE.

In week one of the course, participants will explore the development and structure of the ELPS. In week two, the focus shifts to academic language and how it differs from functional or "everyday" language. In week three, participants will connect academic language to the ELPS. Finally, in week four, participants will pull everything together for instruction using the ELPS.

This course requires approximately four hours of work per week. However, this is an average and participants may want to spend more time with some topics than others. Each week there are reading and writing assignments that everyone is expected to complete. In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end, all work must be completed and submitted on time.

ELPS and Adult Educators was designed for VALRC by Debby Cargill, Lead for ESOL at Prince William County Schools Adult Education Program.


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