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Foundations of Language Acquisition 5.12A | 5.12B | 5.13A | 5.13B | 5.15B

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Course Description

This 5- hour online course is designed to provide educators with important theories and background information related to second language acquisition and utilize this information to increase achievement for all learners-- especially students who are learning English.


Target Audience:

Certified Staff | Charter Certified Staff | DCSD Certified Substitute



Timeline Overview

Beginning of course: 9.9.2020

End of Course (if applicable): 9.16.2020

If blended - Face to Face Meetings (Virtual Webinars or In-Person): TBD



Here are the outcomes for the course (what participants will walk away with from the course).

Identify colleagues who can support them in working with ELs

Describe how to use the WIDA Can Do Descriptors to plan instruction

Implement a strategy for teaching ELs at each stage of second language acquisition using the Can- Do Descriptors


English Language Development Professional Development (45 hours)

CDE requires educators with elementary, math, science, social studies and English language arts endorsements to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development (PD) for relicensure.  If you are uncertain if this applies to your license, please contact the CDE.  

Per CDE, teachers must document and address 45 hours of professional learning across the four standards. For more information, please visitCDE’s website (Links to an external site.) or visit the DCSD ELD PD Website.  (Links to an external site.)

If you are submitting credits from outside of DCSD or you would just prefer to keep track of your credits on your own, please use this matrix (Links to an external site.) provided by the CDE.  This video tutorial (Links to an external site.) shows you how to complete the matrix. 

This course is aligned to the following standards: 

5.13 Quality Standard II: Educators should be knowledgeable in first and second language acquisition.

5.13(2) ELEMENT B: Educators are knowledgeable of, understand, and able to apply the major theories, concepts and research related to culture, diversity and equity in order to support academic access and opportunity for CLD student populations.