Language Arts & ELL Online Courses

Total Courses: 18

Balanced Literacy & Teaching Strategies Series

Gain a deeper understanding of balanced literacy by studying components such as guided reading, independent reading and more. Choose from…

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EDUO 9223: Implementing the Daily Five for Literary Independence for your K-6 Classroom

Welcome to EDUO 9223 Implementing the Daily 5 for Literacy Independence, K-6. This class was created by Dominican University of California in conjunction with Educational Development and Services. Course Description: This course is based upon the research and best practices[...]

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  • Instructor: Kathleen Murphy
  • $135
  • 1 Unit
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EDUO 9224: Bringing Your Literature to Life

[su_youtube_advanced url="https://youtu.be/YpvN87r_ynk" controls="alt" showinfo="no" rel="no"] You must be currently teaching students to successfully complete this course. Engage your students in literature exploration. Bring literature to life in your classroom by implementing learning experiences that require students to creatively respond to[...]

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  • Instructor: Ron Kremer
  • $135-$405
  • 1-3 Semester Credits/Units
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EDUO 9225: The Reluctant Poet

Introduction Welcome to “The Reluctant Poet”! The content learned in this class will enable K-8 teachers, even those who have never loved poetry themselves, to motivate ALL students--including reluctant writers and English learners--to write poetry using literacy scaffolds that will[...]

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  • Instructor: Nancy Cecil
  • $405
  • 3 Units
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EDUO 9296: Teaching Journalism

Course Overview Instructors will guide students to understand the components and text features of print news, the criteria of a suitable news story, and the values of a journalist. Course Objectives In this course participants will have opportunity to: Instruct[...]

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  • Instructor: Beth Scanlon
  • $135
  • 1 Unit
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EDUO 9300: Teaching Strategies for Elementary English Language Learners

Course Overview English Language Learners (ELL), students, for whom English is not their primary language, are the fastest-growing segment of the student population in the United States. Their first language (L1) is generally not used in instruction, and the instructor[...]

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  • Instructor: Doug Fannin
  • $405
  • 3 Semester Credits/Units
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EDUO 9301: Teaching Strategies for Secondary English Language Learners

Course Overview English Language Learners (ELL) are students for whom English is not their primary language. Their first language (L1) is generally not used in instruction and the instructor need not know the students' native languages. Instructional methods of teaching[...]

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  • Instructor: Doug Fannin
  • $405
  • 3 Semester Credits/Units
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EDUO 9785: Design Lessons that Target Complex Texts

Course Overview: It is important to provide opportunities for students to read a wide variety of texts across content areas for different purposes and along a spectrum of difficulty and length. In this course, learn concrete ways to help students[...]

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  • Instructor: Kathy Glass
  • $270 - $405
  • 2 - 3 Units
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EDUO 9808: Mapping & Designing Units of Study, Grades K-5

Course Overview: The goal of this course is to ensure that you can independently and proficiently build or revise a unit map based on a backward design approach. You will demonstrate understanding of each component in the backward design process[...]

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  • Instructor: Kathy Glass
  • $270
  • 2 Units
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EDUO 9808: Mapping & Designing Units of Study, Grades 6-12+

Course Overview: The goal of this course is to ensure that you can independently and proficiently build or revise a unit map based on a backward design approach. You will demonstrate understanding of each component in the backward design process[...]

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  • Instructor: Kathy Glass
  • $270
  • 2 Units
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Language Arts & ELL Online Courses

The Language Arts courses at Dominican University of California cover everything from the foundations of skillful writing, reflective reading, poetry, media literacy, journalism, teaching English language learners and much more.

Our Language Arts & ELL courses are specifically designed to put the teacher-student on a path toward excellence in the classroom. We are here to guide you toward implementing best practices and developing a strategy for teaching balanced literacy and skillful writing. It includes obtaining a stronger grasp of organization, voice, word choice, and sentence fluency.

Our program series also entails teaching strategies for elementary English-language learners, developing a community of young writers, independent readers and literacy independence. A language arts curriculum to meet Language Arts Common Core Standards is essential.

Language Arts Common Core Standards

Language Arts Common Core State Standards require students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.

Language Arts and teaching skillful writing

Developing good writers start with developing a passion for reading. Writing gives voice to our inner thoughts and allows us to share them. As a teacher, writing focuses students on phonics, comprehension, mechanics, developing their voice or perspective, and communicating this perspective to others. Gone are the days of diagramming sentences. What we want to teach you at Dominican University of California are the proper methods for introducing balanced literacy. That is because balanced Literacy (http://dominicancaonline.com/courses/eduo-9201-balanced-literacy-building-community-writers) focuses on developing the many skills that good readers and writers possess, in an authentic method of communication. Writing makes for better readers and improves comprehension and critical thinking.

Learn how to create a classroom environment that is conducive to writing and supports effective writing instruction for all learners, including struggling writers and English Language Learners.

Teaching skillful writing means to create an environment that is safe, encourages risk, and provides the support for learning the skills essential to the craft of writing. Balanced Literacy provides the teacher with many opportunities to model writing for their students, thereby infusing the skills necessary for their students to develop.

Language development also occurs in predictable stages. Babies coo, mimic sounds, learn one-word identifiers for what they want, and eventually put it all together to form coherent words and sentences. Similarly, writers begin with scribbles, evolve to picture, and eventually begin to use letters to represent sounds. From these basic skills, they can later create words, sentences, stories — there is no limit.

It is vital for teachers to understand the stages of writing so they can help their students advance to higher levels. It is a rare class that contains students who are all on the same functional level.

Learn to design lesson plans that target complex texts

This will differ depending on grade level. Developing reading plans will depend on age and independent student development.

From K through 12, a teacher should understand that all kids are natural readers. They thrive on it, if properly motivated. To design proper lesson plans, however, means observation and soul searching. That means teachers should reflect on their own reading lives as well as develop student interest inventories and evaluations an explore ideas that peak readers’ interests.

Teachers of all grade levels can turn their classrooms into learning environments that promote independent reading and make students into lifelong lovers of books. Our series of courses will show you the way.

Through our Language Arts courses you will develop practices that validate the importance of free choice, independent reading and its important contributions to student achievement both for native speakers and English Language Learner.

At the same time, you will learn to organize, manage, and sustain an independent reading and writing program. That includes getting better at scheduling time, book reviews, student inventories and evaluation.