ELL Professional Development for In-service Teachers & Assistants

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Literacy and Language Professional Development for In-Service Teachers and Assistants

Are you looking for classroom strategies to support English language learners? Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of English language learning pedagogy? Join our interactive seminars and courses to learn about the most effective research-based teaching methods and materials for integrating language instruction in K-12 mainstream classes. 

  • Support for K-12 in-service teachers and education assistants in their efforts to meet the needs of ELL’s

  • Exploration of effective strategies and best practices for working with ELL’s in the inclusive classroom

  • Development of competencies in the effective assessment and adaptation of materials

  • Integration of the experience and knowledge of in-service teachers and education assistants in course discussions, projects and assignments

Seminar courses

  • 6 seminars on 6 Saturdays or intensive 4 day delivery

Application courses

  • Blended or fully online delivery

  • Can potentially be used to earn university credit once all necessary provincial approvals are granted

Textbooks

There are required or recommended textbooks for some courses.  These are listed following each course description and are available for purchase at the Bookstore.

 

Course Materials

Additional mandatory course materials are available online via Blackboard. Students are advised to bring an electronic device to face to face classes in order to access reading materials and participate in course activities. 

   ELL Professional Development Course Schedule
Courses Summer '17
Fall '17 Winter '18
Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners  
Application of Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners    
Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in K-6    
Application of Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in K-6    


Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in Grades 7-12    
Application of Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in Grades 7-12    

 

 

*Mount Royal University reserves the right to make changes to this schedule as circumstances require.
Fall schedule and registration details available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November.  Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.

Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners

This course provides in-service K-12 teachers and teaching assistants with best practices in methods for working with ELLs in mainstream classrooms. Participants will become familiar with the theoretical underpinnings of various techniques for working with ELLs and the materials and resources to support these methods.

A general outline for this course is available here.

Important Note: Please bring an electronic device to class in order to access reading materials and participate in course activities using Google Docs and Blackboard.

Subject Code: XEDU 2000124 HoursFee: $350  
CRN 702934 classesJuly 4, 5, 6, 79 a.m.-4 p.m.Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri.
CRN 908036 seminarsSept. 16-Oct. 289 a.m.-1 p.m.Sat.
Next offered in Summer 2018

 

Literacy Instruction with English Language Learners in K-6

This course provides an overview of literacy concepts and practices that promote the development of oral language and vocabulary, reading fluency and comprehension, and practical writing skills in ELLs.  It is intended for teachers and assistants in K-6 who have foundational knowledge of ESL theory and methods.

A general outline for this course is available here.

Important Note: Please bring an electronic device to class in order to access reading materials and participate in course activities using Google Docs and Blackboard. 

Subject Code: XEDU 2000224 HoursFee: $350  
CRN 908046 seminarsSept. 23-Nov. 49 a.m.-1 p.m.Sat.
Next offered in Summer 2018
Our Instructors are MRU faculty memebers with extensive experience delivering professional development to in-service teachers.

Carol Berndt, BEd, MEd

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Carol Berndt, B.Ed. (Secondary English), M.Ed. (Educational Policy and Administration), has been a teacher in
the K-12 and adult education systems and served as second languages curriculum leader, area and system ELL Specialist, and System Administrator of ELL for the Calgary Board of Education. She has been a Sessional Instructor in the Graduate Division of Educational Research at the University of Calgary, and in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University. She has served as researcher, consultant, presenter, and materials developer in the field of English Language Learning (ESL) for Alberta Education, the ATA, regional consortia, publishers, and public and independent school jurisdictions. Recent work includes the creation of a website to support teachers working with refugee learners, a research project for Alberta Education about best practices for supporting the engagement of parents who have limited English/French proficiency, and the development of an online English Language Program for international students.
Sharon Seward, BA, BEd, MPA
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Sharon Seward has extensive experience teaching students from K-12, and as an ESL (English as a Second Language) specialist teacher. She has worked for the past 8 years as a district level, ELL (English Language Learning) specialist where she works to build capacity with district staff, classroom teachers and administrators in using culturally responsive, researched based strategies for teaching and supporting ELL students in the inclusive classroom. She has facilitated professional development sessions at provincial conferences, for pre-service teachers and throughout the school district on various topics in the field of English language learning. Sharon also collaborates with community organizations and educational leaders from school districts across Alberta on educational issues facing English language learners. 
PattiTrusslerPhoto Patti Trussler, BA, BEd, MPA

Patti Trussler has worked for over 25 years in the English language learning field, both in Alberta and Ontario. This includes a diverse range of teacher training as well as teaching experiences.
During the past 9 years, she has held a leadership position within the Calgary Board of Education, supporting both ELL teachers as well as those in other curricular areas, including pre-service student teachers. She has assisted with curriculum development, assessment and reporting strategies as well as adaptation and accommodations for ELLs in a variety of academic environments. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Calgary, with a specialization in language and literacy, focusing on the language and social needs of refugee youth.


  
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For information about this program:
cec@mtroyal.ca
403.440.6282
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB  T3E 6K6

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