Linguistics for Teachers of Emergent Bilinguals

Emergent Bilinguals are smart, capable, and motivated to succeed. They're multicultural and multilingual. They're tough.  They can do it.  So how do we do it? We need to get better at teaching language and literacy, and provide our students with evidence-based, culturally sustaining, and socio-emotionally sound instruction. This course – Linguistics for Teachers of Emergent Bilinguals – aims to teach teachers about the fundamentals of linguistic knowledge, how a speaker of another language acquires English as a new language, the science of reading and writing, and how to use this knowledge to improve outcomes for emergent bilinguals.
We will study the components of oral language - pragmatics and world knowledge, phonology, vocabulary, syntax, and morphology - and understand how language acquisition progresses through the various stages of proficiency.
We will examine the relationship between oral language and literacy, and gain expertise in the skills required for fluent listening, speaking, reading and writing: activating background knowledge and teaching vocabulary, decoding words, gaining cross-linguistic awareness, developing handwriting and spelling, and writing sentences and paragraphs. You will watch expert lectures that showcase model lessons, read the latest research, take short quizzes, reflect on your teaching practice, and plan instruction with the help of a workbook.
This course is worth 15 CTLE credits in New York State, and fulfills the requirement for continuing education in English as a New Language. Are you ready to take your expertise to the next level? Let me help you! Together we can do this!

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Ingrid Heidrick, Ph.D.

Linguist. Educator. Advocate.

Ingrid is a language acquisition and literacy specialist with over ten years of experience working in the NYC and NYS state public schools as a researcher, teacher trainer, and curriculum designer. A faculty member at CUNY in the TESOL teacher preparation program, she specializes in adolescent literacy. She is a certified Orton Gillingham tutor, and remediates students with dyslexia and other learning differences in reading and writing.