Vocabulary Strategies for the English Language Learner, a free online professional development course developed and led by Elia Corona, an English as a second language training specialist, can be accessed at http://www.catraining.com/ under the Topics in Education banner.
The one-hour online training course is divided into two lessons. The first examines the concept of academic language proficiency, explains the challenges English language learners face when building academic proficiency, and offers strategies to help students improve their academic language and vocabulary skills. The second lesson contains downloadable activities and games that can be implemented with a whole class, small groups, or individual students.
The material includes text and audio instruction, downloadable handouts for additional reading, and a lesson review.
Vocabulary Strategies for the English Language Learner is the sixth in a series of free courses offered by Curriculum Associates. Other programs in this series cover differentiated instruction, integrating the curriculum, motivating students to learn, test preparation strategies, and classroom discipline.
Curriculum Associates, 800/225-0248 or http://www.cainc.com/.