General Information about Effective Strategies of Language Learning courses

Title: Developing Phonemic Awareness in Kindergarten Children

Author: Diane Hamilton

Abstract: The course will provide basic education on phonemic awareness, provide training in skills and strategies needed for supporting students’ phonemic awareness development, and encourage the use of phonemic awareness training activities in kindergarten classrooms.

Course Objective: After taking this mini-course, participants should be able to: 1State the meaning of phonemic awareness. 2 State the difference between phonemic awareness training and phonics instruction. 3 State the role of phonemic awareness in early reading. 4 Demonstrate phonemic awareness training strategies. 5 Classify phonemic awareness activities and phonics instruction activities. 6 Choose to support phonemic awareness development by incorporating phonemic awareness training activities in classroom instruction.

Tag(s): phonemic awareness, kindergarten


Title: The Discussion-Based Approach to Improving Literary Understanding

Author: Yueh-Chen Weng

Abstract: This mini course presents for teachers how to help students engage in deep understandings of literature by using classroom discussion. The mini course has two units. Unit One states that the introduction of the course and the classroom discourses. Unit Two addresses that how to apply classroom discourses to improve literary understanding.

Course Objective: After finishing the course, learners can apply the discussion-based approaches to improve literary understanding through classroom conversation.

Tag(s): discussion based approach, literary understanding


Title: Promoting Reading Comprehension in the Early Grades

Author: Melissa Filotas

Abstract: The course will introduce strategies that teachers can use help their students to improve their comprehension of readings. The strategies are categorized as 1) pre-reading strategy 2) narrative strategy 3) expository strategy 4) vocabulary strategies and at the end, the course will state strategy integration benefits.

Course Objective: Upon the completion of the course, teachers will be able to apply multiple strategies being learned in this course in their classroom in order to enhance students’ reading comprehension.

Tag(s): reading strategies, early grades, reading comprehension


Title: Foreign Language 2.0: Benefits and Implementing Online Communication

Author: Lindsey Alongi

Abstract: This course is being designed to demonstrate how synchronous and asynchronous means of online communication (i.e. blogs, instant messaging/video services, e-mail, and networking sites) increase and enhance communication opportunities and fluency in foreign language (FL) classroom.

Course Objective: By completing this course, foreign language teachers will be able to: 1) Recognize and understand the need to incorporate authentic communication using online tools by comparing online methods with traditional classroom practices. 2) Design and implement communication activities using social networking tools in the classroom. 3) State the benefits and opportunities of online communication for foreign language learners.

Tag(s): foreign language, synchronous and asynchronous online communication


Title: Writing Instruction using Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning

Author: Anna Maria Wing

Abstract: This course is a professional development course that would guide teachers toward the benefits of using Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) to improve student writing literacy. The course will first introduce teachers to CSCL, its purposes, and how it can be used, and then will examine how to use several different specific web tools to improve student writing.

Course Objective: By the completion of this course, you should be able to define computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), demonstrate the ability to use web-based tools to support collaborative student writing, such as TitanPad (an easy to use wiki website), and analyze and evaluate the benefits of using collaborative activities to increase writing skills.

Tag(s): witing Instruction, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)


Title: TOEFL ibt Independent Writing Step-by-step

Author: He Zhou

Abstract: The course is designed for students who are preparing to take TOEFL ibt test. The mini-course teaches non-English native students to learn to write TOEFL ibt essays step by step. The course moves students from initial understanding of the writing task to learn to compose an essay individually.

Course Objective: After finishing this mini course on TOEFL independent writing task instruction, learners will get clearer information and a comprehensive understanding on TOEFL ibt independent writing task requirements, develop a new set of writing skills accustomed to achieve a decent score on TOEFL ibt independent writing task, acquire a series of test-taking strategies and experience some attitudinal changes towards the TOEFL writing test and gain more confidence in English writing.

Tag(s): TOEFL ibt test, essay writing


Title: Introducing iBT TOEFL Speaking

Author: Matthew Gunderman

Abstract: This course introduces iBT TOEFL Speaking. The iBT TOEFL is the most widely used assessment in the world for English language proficiency. For students wanting to attend university in an English speaking country, success on the iBT TOEFL is usually a prerequisite. In this course we will concentrate on the skills you will need to do well on the SPEAKING portion of the test.

Course Objective: After completing this course you will be able to: Distinguish between the different parts of the speaking test Identify the scoring criteria used to grade your responses Familiarize yourself with the independent and integrated portions of the test Use a variety of strategies to help improve your test score

Tag(s): iBT TOEFL Speaking, test techniques


Title: Strategies to teach children vocabulary

Author: Chaeyoung Jun

Abstract: The course teaches teacher to use reading-aloud and dramatizing stories as teaching strategies to foster children’s vocabulary learning.

Course Objective: Participants will be able to help students aggrandize the amount of vocabulary through reading books aloud and be able to apply vocabulary teaching strategies with combining and implementing retelling and drama.

Tag(s): strategies, vocabulary, children


Title: Teaching English Punctuation for the ESL students

Author: Wesam Saleh

Abstract: In this course we are going to look at the most important part of written English grammar, which is for many, a very confusing place to be—The world of Punctuation! During the process of typing or writing something, we normally have an inner voice, inside our head, talking as we do it. However, when another person reads that text, those words do not easily transfer back to the original voice. Punctuation help to give structure and meaning to the sentences that have been written down on the paper. Punctuation exists in all languages, but the rules can be very different from one to the other.

Course Objective: By the end of this course, you will be able to identify the importance of punctuation in written English, punctuate simple sentences correctly, and punctuate a full paragraph correctly.

Tag(s): English Punctuation, ESL


Title: Data-Driven Language Learning Using Corpora and Concordancing

Author: Ben Blanchard

Abstract: This course introduces data-driven language learning through using corpora and concordancing as language learning resources.

Course Objective: Upon completion of this course, you should be able to create lessons using the principles of data-driven language learning, be familiar with the ideas of language corpora and concordancing software, have a working familiarity with at least one web-based concordancer application and be able to extract useful output from a concordance.

Tag(s): language learning, data-driven, corpora, concordancing


Title: Using VoiceThread as a Tool for Language Learning

Author: Barbara Recchio-Demmi

Abstract: This mini-course is designed for students completing a Spanish III Regents level course where the ability to converse in the target language forms a significant portion of the state assessment. The course will teach students to use VoiceThread as a tool to improve vocabulary, improve pronunciation, assist students in constructing well-developed responses through reflection, and decreases language use inhibition.

Course Objective: It is intended that, by the termination of the VoiceThread project, students will be able to: recognize and use the future verb tense in Spanish ,define how VoiceThread works and how to leave comments in written and recorded form , construct a lively and interactive class discussion in the target language surrounding the chosen topic , utilize good control of the Spanish language exemplified by good grammar,good vocabulary and good pronunciation and demonstrate a growth of language ability utilizing the future tense through group conversations .

Tag(s): Spanish language learning, VoiceThread, Spanish III Regents level


Title: Integrating Digital Storytelling in the Foreign Language Classroom

Author: Arayoan Tylec

Abstract: Digital storytelling combines stories, music and images to create a movie as the finished product. Some movies can last anywhere from 30 to 5 minutes. Sometimes when he movie is shorter in time, the more likely the main idea will get across. When thinking of storytelling don't forget to include are folk tales, fables, fairy tales, classic children’s stories, or poems. You could also write a play based on a life experience or family story. This is a very important addition in the foreign language and in storytelling all together.

Course Objective: At the completion of this course learners will be able to understand what storytelling is, use storytelling in the foreign language classroom, and create different types of stories using different online tools and programs.

Tag(s): digital Storytelling, EFL


Title: Integrating Sequential Art into an English Language Arts Curriculum

Author: Kurt Hassenpflug

Abstract: The focus of this course is the training and instruction of New York State English Language Arts teachers at the secondary level in the sequential arts medium.

Course Objective: In this mini-course, you will learn about what sequential art consists of, why it is beneficial in the classroom, and some methodologies of incorporating it into your instruction. Ultimately, your goal for the end of the course will be to create a one-week unit plan that successfully uses sequential art in classroom instruction.

Tag(s): sequential art, English Language Arts, teacher education


Title: Jubilee Montessori Instruction System (.pdf file)

Author: Sapphire Gimenez

Abstract: This course introduces the concept of syllabication, the concept of a grapheme, phoneme and phonogram, and shows one method of introducing a rule in the JMLAP (Jubilee Montessori Language Arts Program).

Course Objective: The goal of this mini course is to introduce you to the JMLAP progression of becoming a great speller.

Tag(s): JMLAP, syllabication, grapheme, phoneme, phonogram


Title: Strategic Reading Across the Content Areas

Author: Stephanie Ames

Abstract: This course is designed for reading teachers, and the course introduces teachers to identify different types of texts, and leads them to investigate and examine the difficulty of specific reading layout and structure and the appropriate reading strategies to use for helping students overcome comprehension difficulties.

Course Objective: Learners will be able to apply appropriate reading strategies in enhancing students’ comprehension to diverse types of reading, and will be able to create authentic situations that will encourage students to become strategic, independent, readers in their classroom.

Tag(s): reading difficulties, reading strategies


Title: Reading Strategies in the High School Curriculum

Author: Bonnie Blood

Abstract: This online course provides modules for educators to interactively learn from. Educators will learn how students make meaning out of written text, and will learn and be able to demonstrate key strategies for developing comprehension through reading.

Course Objective: Educators will be able to identify the need for reading for context, and be able to understand what their own students are lacking in this area, will distinguish between types of text used in different academic disciplines, and will note which active reading strategies are best employed when decoding each type of text, will master strategies to encourage students to use active reading strategies to help decipher challenging text, and design learning activities to assist students in working with active reading strategies, and becoming confident in using them on their own.

Tag(s): high school, reading for understanding


Title: Using Fan Fiction and Instructional Conversation to Increase Student/Text Involvement

Author: Christina Nash

Abstract: This four unit course is designed to help English Language Arts teachers create a curriculum unit that uses Instructional Conversation and Fan Fiction to increase student/text involvement through asynchronous online discussions and the collaborative creation of a Fan Fiction piece.

Course Objective: Learners will create a basic unit outline that integrates the use of Instructional Conversation and Fan fiction by using Google Doc for the purpose of classroom instruction.

Tag(s): Instructional Conversation, Fan fiction, Google Doc


Title: Let's Speak Chinese!

Author: Yang Huang

Abstract: This is a mini-course that guide students who learn Chinese as a second language to learn to speak Chinese.

Course Objective: Learners will increase your store of Chinese vocabulary to include food and drink, and will be able to use the vocabulary relating to food and drink to express your general feelings regarding various types of food, including asking and answering questions of that nature.

Tag(s): spoken Chinese learning


Title: Mini Course: Play "Go Fish" in Chinese

Author: Huei-Cheng Lin

Abstract: The instructor in this mini-course uses communicative language teaching approach to teach four mini Chinese lessons.

Course Objective: Students will be able to count 1 to 10 in Chinese; recognize 1-10 in Chinese characters in random order; write 1-10 in Chinese characters in correct stroke order; tell the basic 3 principles of stroke orders; express and respond to gratitude properly in Chinese; apologize and to reply properly in Chinese.

Tag(s): communicative method; Chinese language learning


Title: Mini Course: Intresting Chinese Characters: A Big Picture of Chinese Writing System

Author: Mengxin Song

Abstract: This course will be divided into units. In the first unit, a brief introduction of the evolution and development of Chinese writing system will be introduced; in the second units, a series of skillful and interesting methods of learning how to write Chinese characters is presented; in the third unit, some main difficulties and problems of international students learning writing Chinese will be listed and discussed. Students will not only learn by the content but also from the participation of a series of activities, and with the examples in the learning contents, students are always encouraged to discover, create and share their own techniques of easy ways to memorize and write characters.

Course Objective: 1, Learner will grasp a general idea of how Chinese characters have developed and changed over the past 5000 years; 2, learners will be able to associate the current Chinese characters with its original forms and know how they came into being, and have the basic concepts of the overt formation of the Chinese characters; 3, Learners will be aware of the issues which are confusing or more difficult than others, understand why and how these issues come into being and the effective learning methods to prevent or correct them.

Tags: Chinese writing, characters


Title: Collaborative Writing Utilizing Online Environments

Author: Christopher Compson

Abstract: This course introduces the concept and purpose of collaborative writing in online environment, and various forms of collaborative writings as well. Course Objective: In completing this course, participants will be able to provide rich collaborative writing opportunities using online environments.

Tag(s): collaborative writing, online environments


Title: Gaming in an ESL Classroom: An Instructional Case Ildefonso Portfolio

Author: Ildefonso Correas Apelanz

Abstract: This project is intended to be used as a Lesson Plan to be part of a larger project of an ESL Curriculum. In addition, it will provide a real example for teachers/instructors to see how a video game can be used in the class.

Course Objective: The expected outcomes of this lesson can be part of larger curriculum that attempts to provide ESL instruction through nontraditional methods, materials and delivery actively engaging learners who have little to non-exposure to the traditional school settings as it is recognized here in the US.

Tag(s): ESL teaching strategy, video game


Title: Digital mobile devices as a teaching tool for phonological awareness.

Author: George Ryon

Abstract: A key part of becoming literate is phonological awareness. To help students with this great task, this mini-course aims to help teachers add mobile devices to their bag of tools.

Course Objective: At the end of this mini-course, students will be able to: state what digital media is; identify the parts of mobile devices; describe the key components of phonological awareness; evaluate software and how it can be applied to a lesson; develop supplemental activities to accompany the software; facilitate the use of mobile devices with their students.

Tag(s): phonological awareness, digital mobile device


Title:Understanding Emergent Writing

Author: Lisa Martin

Abstract: N/A

Course Objective: When asked what emergent writing is, learners will be able to classify emergent writing by describing it in writing. Given picture examples of various stages of emergent writing, learners will be able to identify the stage shown and their reasons for choosing that stage in writing.

Tag(s): Writing, Understanding


Title: Translation as a Method of Language Teaching

Author: HyunJu Yoo

Abstract: This course will show ESL educators what translation teaching is and why it is a useful language teaching method. Also, course participants will identify the advantages of using translation as a teaching resource and how translating works, and how to integrate it into language learning instruction.

Course Objective: The participants will be able to describe the importance of translation studies in historical context and be able to identify the benefits of using translation in language teaching. In the meantime, they will be able to demonstrate the workflow process of the translating. By the end, participants will be able to integrate the translation into the language learning and assessment.

Tag(s): translation, language teaching, instruction, assessment


Title: Socratic Discussions and Incorporation into the ELA classroom

Author: Tracey Catalfamo

Abstract: Have you found yourself struggling to engage your students in class discussion after assigning a reading? Are your students disengaging from doing homework and participating in English class halfway through the year and have become bored with assignments? Does your classroom need a zestful spark for a debate in order to return interest in a particular literary work. This course is designed to help current and future teachers overcome these problems in the ELA classroom. Using Socratic Discussions as a tool to create class discussion

CourseObjective:Users of this course will be able to create and facilitate a lesson that utilizes a Socratic Discussion in an ELA (or other content area) classroom. Users of this course will understand the basic components and principles of a Socratic Discussion after seeing examples of this tool in use and participating in one.Users of this course will evaluate the effectiveness of a Socratic Discussion and be able to demonstrate its use to engage students in class discussion, with long-term impacts on reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Tag(s): ELA, Teacher,Socrates, Discussion.



Title: Incorporating Ipad's into ELA Classrooms

Author: Kyle Williams

Abstract: Incorporating iPads into a first grade ELA curriculum will increase the students' motivation level and their participation level. The use of technology for students this age is something that will get the students excited for school. The purpose of this course is to help teachers set up and incorporate iPads into their first grade ELA classroom

Course Objective: After completing this course, learners will be able to do the following: Create an Education Apple ID. Select the best ways to use the iPad in the classroom. Select apps based on the needs of the students in their class. Determine the level of success of the iPads and adjust the use of the iPads if necessary.

Tag(s): ELA, Ipad, Technology support language learning



Title: Integrating Technology into Chinese Language Teaching

Author: Guangji Yuan

Abstract: Language classrooms have always used technologies of various kinds, in recent decades, there has been an explosion in the resources available to teachers, to the point where many feel overwhelmed. This mini-course does not attempt to provide a comprehensive view of the technologies, because the rapid change of its development will easily make the resources out of date and meaningless. Rather, this mini-course, teachers need to know that we are seeking for the practical and useful input borrowed from these electronic learning materials to support and improve students’ learning process.

Course Objective: Teachers are able to use different tools to support different teaching objects. Teachers can understand the benefits of computer based teaching methods. Given a website which contains Chinese learning materials, teachers can choose appropriate teaching materials online.Given a Chinese class, teachers can find appropriate technology materials to support the class.

Tag(s): Language learning, Chinese, Technology support teaching.



Title: Using Multimedia in the English Classroom

Author: Andrew Petagna

Abstract: Students of English often find themselves distracted or unable to focus on the task of reading or analyzing. We need to revisit literature as a form of entertainment to get students more interested in reading. Using movies, music, short videos, and in truth any form of media, we can re-introduce reading as magical and imagination stimulating by showing students that, in fact, any form of media can be portrayed as literature.

Course Objective: Students will be able to effectively choose and use multimedia examples in place of standard literature and steer students towards reading. Students of this course will have an additional tool at hand when teaching their English curriculum in being able to incorporate media into their curriculum. Students will have an appreciation for and be able to compare other forms of media to literature. Students will be able to effectively use a new classroom strategy of integrating media and literature.

Tag(s): English, Language, Multimedia


Title: Maximizing Target Language Use Student

Author: Eleanor Poling

Abstract: It is of great concern to language teachers that students require more exposure to the Target Language (TL) during a class in order to reach a higher level of proficiency. Based on literature and my experience, we teachers must provide students with rich and multiple opportunities to use the TL which will result in overall improvements in students' oral and written skills

Course Objective: NA

Tag(s): Language, Target Language