Welcome to TELLCourse Syllabus: Assessment for Linguistically Diverse Students Explanation of the TemplateTotal PointsSession One: Understanding My Role as an AssessorLA 1.1 Exploring Our Assessment PracticesLA 1.2 Considering a Learner's Assets LA 1.3 Assessing For Placement AVG 1.1 The Assessment ProcessLA 1.4 Outlining and Applying the Assessment System LA 1.5 Building Knowledge of Types of Assessment HW 1.1 Actions Taken and Learning HW 1.2 Attending to Equity and Oral Language in Assessing ELs HW 1.3 Identifying Assessment Issues for ELsHW 1.4 Reading about Professional Learning CommunitiesHW 1.5 Identifying WIDA ScoresHW 1.6 Time Capsule Self-Assessment Session Two: Developing Understanding through Media AVG 2.1 Parables of Classroom Interaction LA 2.1 Changing the Conversation AVG 2.2 Learning WIDA's purpose and philosophy AVG 2.3 CAN DO Approach LA 2.2 Introduction to Using Can-Do Descriptors AVG 2.4 Planning with the End in Mind LA 2.3 Planning for the Final Project HW 2.1 Actions Taken and Learning HW 2.2 Assessment for English Language Learners HW 2.3 Implementing WIDA Can Do Philosophy HW 2.4 Supporting English Learners HW 2.5 Analyzing WIDA as AssessmentSession Three: Designing Assessment Using Standards for Effective PedagogyLA 3.1 Deepening Knowledge of Standards for Effective Pedagogy LA 3.2 Designing for Understanding in Action LA 3.3 Attending to the Five Standards in Evaluating a LessonLA 3.4 Taking Action LA 3.5 Assessment as a Context for Teaching and LearningLA 3.6 Content and Language ObjectivesHW 3.1 Reflection on Taking Action Based on My LearningHW 3.2 Collaborative Work to Support EL LearningHW 3.3 Using Technology for Developing ELs Academic LanguageHW 3.4 Language Proficiency to Academic AchievementHW 3.5 AVG 5.1 The Alternative Assessment MovementHW 3.6 Constructing a Student ProfileSession Four : Considering Alternative Assessments in Relationship to ELsAVG 4.1 Developing Knowledge of WIDA Interpretive RubricsLA 4.1 Sharing My StudentAVG 4.2 Types of Assessment LA 4.2 Exploring Informal Content Area AssessmentsLA 4.3 Assessment Tool Marketplace LA 4.4 Planning Assessment for My UnitHW 4.1 Actions Taken and LearningHW 4.2 Analyzing Student WritingHW 4.3 Conceptions of Oral Language AssessmentHW 4.4 Examining Authentic Assessments Session Five: Designing and Developing AssessmentsAVG 5.1 Designing Alternative Assessments LA 5.1 Designing Assessments for LearningAVG 5.2 Selecting and Planning Alternative AssessmentsLA 5.2 Understanding Rubrics and Scoring GuidesLA 5.3 Developing a Rubric or Scoring GuideHW 5.1 Actions Taken in LearningHW 5.2: Developing Expertise in Item WritingHW 5.3 Re-examining Your Final Project HW 5.4 What I Think about High Stakes TestingHW 5.5 To Test or Not to Test Session Six: Debating and Responding to Assessment IssuesLA 6.1 Debating the Value of High Stakes TestingLA 6.2 ESL Assessment Issues LA 6.3 Making My Deliberations PublicLA 6.4 Assessment Literacy for Alternative AssessmentAVG 6.2 Assessing Student DevelopmentLA 6.5 Final Project Review HW 6.1 Actions Taken in Learning HW 6.2 Examining Alignment and Coherence in Assessment HW 6.3 Issues in Grading HW 6.4 Evaluating and Adjusting Record Keeping HW 6.5 Creating and Revising My Final ProjectSession Seven: Developing Knowledge for Practice and AdvocacyLA 7.1 Useful, Meaningful, and Equitable AssessmentLA 7.2 Center 1--Analyzing the Final Project LA 7.3 Center 2--Motivating Learners LA 7.4 Center 3--Sharing Strategies for Record Keeping LA 7.5 Center 4--Using Standardized Test Scores to Guide TeachingLA 7.6 Center 5--Meeting Legal Obligations for ELsLA 7.7 Revising My Final ProjectHW 7.1 Actions Taken and LearningHW 7.2 Completing the Final ProjectSession Eight : Revealing My LearningLA 8.1 My Learning Presentation LA 8.2 Communicating My Unit Plan and My Reasoning LA 8.3 My Commitment for Assessing Students

HW 3.2 Collaborative Work to Support EL Learning

Improving the Use of Collaboration to Support Learning


Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

Articulate issues of assessment as they affect learners’ development of English language skills, their access to the Utah core curriculum, and their placement in appropriate programs.

Assessment: 50 pts.

Due: Session 4

Teachers can design, plan for, and use stronger collaboartive tasks in their instruction which increase  opportunities for ELs to participate and use academic language and learn content. 

Students are learning about English language assessment practices and group work as a site for promoting learning and literacy, and a site where teachers can track that learning in informal work.


1.Read WIDA focus on Group Work for Content Learning. Notice how it connects to the CREDE Standards of Effective Pedagogy reviewed in LA 3.1.

2 Prepare a short report that responds to the items listed below:

a.Explain (based on past learning, professional development or your personal experience) how collaborative work can support ELs in engaging with and participating in your class. Consider in your answer how these activites support ELs in devleoping academic language and learning course content.

b.Describe how you currently use collaborative work now and how you might alter, improve, or employ it in your teaching. Reveal any hesitancies you have and how the reading you did for this homework addressed those hesitancies. Make a list of the principles you use or will use to guide you as you develop group work.

c.Explore how collaborative products (joint productive activities) can be informal assessments and contribute to your understanding of student learning and be part of your grade records. 

d.Identify places in your curriculum or schedule where you currently do not enage students in producing joint productive activities but you could.