Enhancing English language learner’s vocabulary through Technology
This mini-course is a resource for early childhood educators and teachers to develop English language learning students’ English vocabulary. I aim to provide interactive online lessons that teachers can utilize for children that are having difficulties adjusting to the language and reinforce common academic skills in the classroom. I have multiple English language learners in my preschool class this year. For most of the children, my classroom is the first place that they are immersed in the English language. My students have had to adapt and find other ways to communicate their ideas and knowledge of the learning activities at hand.
Assessment of Learner Needs
In the past few years, teachers have experienced an increase in students who are English language learners. The targeted learners for this course will consist of early childhood educators from both public and private school backgrounds that are familiar with the Early Learning Standards in New York State. Early childhood educators may not be aware or trained in integrating technology into their classes, nor are they aware of the interactive online lessons they may utilize to strengthen ELLs English vocabulary and academic skills. When teachers integrate technology into their classrooms, they are creating a more engaging learning environment for their students. This technology can have the ability to track student’s involvement. This feedback provides information to teachers to have student-teacher conversation and scaffolding after lessons. At the end of a lesson through these technologies, teachers can quickly look through the retrieved data to gauge student understanding. They can use this technology to understand what academic skills need more direct instruction and/ or reteaching.
At the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Identify online instructional activities to optimize vocabulary building lessons for ELL students
- Develop online lessons for ELL students to learn English vocabulary
- Execute scaffolding and supports through technology for students both in and outside of the physical classroom
This mini-course includes the following units Click the title of a unit to go to it's page.
== Extended Resources==
Costley, K. C. (2014). The Positive Effects of Technology on Teaching and Student Learning. Arkansas Tech University. Retrieved from: https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED554557.pdf
Why Use Khan Academy: An Educator's perspective E-lecture Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SseqbIzXjg
Khan Academy. (n.d). Retrieved from https://www.khanacademy.org/