Welcome to TELLSyllabus: Understanding Language Acquisition Explanation of the Template:Total Points SheetSession 1: Language and IdentityLA 1.1: Did You Know?LA 1.2: My Language ExperienceLA 1.3: Whose Language Is Correct?LA 1.4: Accents and Dialects - What Do You Hear?AVG 1.1: Membership in a Speech Community SegmentLA 1.5: Questions We Have HW 1.1: Reflect and ImplementHW 1.2: Honoring Language DifferenceHW 1.3: Everyday Ethical DecisionsHW 1.4: Read the Wright Book, Ch. 1HW 1.5: Select a Student to StudyHW 1.6: The Harvard Dialect SurveySession 2: Who are Our ELLs? Defining Needs and StrengthsLA 2.1: Cummins Review and DiscussLA 2.2: Who Are Our ELLsLA 2.3: Getting to Know a Second Language LearnerLA 2.4: Providing Evidence / Collective ExpertiseLA 2.5: Makoto's Writing AnalysisHW 2.1: Reflect and ImplementHW 2.2: Models and Systems - Part 1HW 2.3 Read the Definitions of Program Models HW 2.4 Models and SystemsHW 2.5 Factors and NeedsHW 2.6 Learning about L2 LearnersSession 3: Current Realities: ESL Programs and PracticesLA 3.1Jigsaw Wright ReadingLA 3.2 Programs and Practices in My Local Setting LA 3.3 Content Area Literacy in SLA LA 3.4 Supports and Constraints for MakotoLA 3.5 Communication, Pattern, & Variability HW 3.1 Applying My Learning HW 3.2 Learning about Input HW 3.3 Input: Teacher Work HW 3.4 Knowing My Second Language Learner HW 3.5 Input: Teacher WorkSession 4: Creating Comprehensible InputLA 4.1 Critical Research on Input: Jigsaw Reading LA 4.2 Feedback About Knowing my Second Language LearnerLA 4.3 Comprehensible InputLA 4.4 Modifying Oral Input LA 4.5 Input and Vocabulary Development HW 4.1 Applying My Learning HW 4.2 Understanding InteractionHW 4.3 Promoting Oral Language in the ClassroomHW 4.4 Search and Final HW 4.5 Classroom Observation and AnalysisSession 5: The Role of InteractionLA 5.1 Feedback About Knowing My EL StudentLA 5.2 Role of Interaction in English Language DevelopmentLA 5.3 Negotiating Meaning Through Interaction: Gallery WalkLA 5.4 Classroom Parables of Cultural Interaction PatternsLA 5.5 Strategy Search ReportHW 5.1 Learning a New LanguageHW 5.2 Learning From Student Writing Session 6: Stages of Development and Errors and FeedbackLA 6.1 Video Segment 7.1 on Stages of Development: PatternLA 6.2 Charting Treasure: Mapping Stages of DevelopmentLA 6.3 Patterns: Errors and FeedbackLA 6.4 Error Analysis of Student WritingLA 6.5 Table Problems HW 6.1 ReflectionHW 6.2 Analysis of Student Work HW 6.3 What does it Mean to Know a Language HW 6.4 Variability in Learning a LanguageSession 7: Proficiencies and PerformancesLA 7.1 Discussing VariabilityLA 7.2 Readings about VariabilityLA 7.3 Variability Matrix LA 7.4 Getting to Know English Language Learners LA 7.5 Understanding the Final DisplayHW 7.1 ReflectionHW 7.2 Final Project Session 8: Displays of Professional DevelopmentAVG 8.1 Classroom Strategies: Action as Advocacy LA 8.1 Examining Displays of Professional DevelopmentLA 8.2 Discussing My Learning

LA 8.1 Examining Displays of Professional Development

Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

Employ theories of first and second language acquisition in teaching literacy.

Assessment: pts. 25 

TA: 90 Minutes 

Teachers will further expand their understanding of the principles of second language acquisition as they share their presentations with one another.  

Students have studies the principles of second language acquisition and applied them to students in their own contexts.  They are now prepared to share their learning and application of principles with one another. 



  1. As directed by the facilitator, meet in groups of four to six members. You will share the ILDP constructed by regular working group.
  2. Each person will present the IDLP constructed by their group. 
  3. The members in the group will use the evaluation work sheet to record the things they notice in the presentation about the student presented, the ideas that are relevant to second language acquisition and the strengths of the presentation. Use the worksheet linked here
  4. As each group member presents, jot down notes about how the presenter reported on communication, pattern, and variability, links to IP, SEP and other course ideas and the strengths of the presentation.  At the conclusion of each presentation, group members will share and discuss their recorded observations. 
  5. The facilitator will visit the groups to observe the presentations and discussions.