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ELPS and Adult Educators

Preview the course syllabus.

ELPS and Adult Educators is a six-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 English language learners (ELLs)at any level, including ESOL, ABE, and ASE.

This six-week course will provide participants with an overview of the ELPS report that was released to the field of adult education in 2016. Participants will explore the five sections of the ELPS, develop a basic understanding of social and academic varieties of language learning, and utilize the ELPS to design instructional activities that support academic language learning and transitioning ELLs to postsecondary education and employment.

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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