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Keys to Comprehension and Vocabulary for SEI and English as a Second Language

Keys to Comprehension and Vocabulary for SEI and English as a Second Language


This online professional development course presents research-based practices for teaching comprehension and vocabulary in any subject using content teaching and reading materials. The course includes an introductory module about the literacy instruction and needs of ELLs (English language learners) and modules from The Key Comprehension Routine and The Key Vocabulary Routine online courses. It is appropriate for all grades 4-12 educators and meets the recertification requirement for teachers in Massachusetts of 15 PDP’s related to SEI and English as a Second Language. This online course takes approximately 23.5 hours to complete. Because the core content in this course is similar to the Keys to Comprehension and Vocabulary for Students with Learning Disabilities course, you should not register for both courses.

Participants learn how to teach reading comprehension skills and integrate vocabulary instruction for English Language Learners who struggle with reading and who have weak vocabularies. This instruction is delivered as Tier I instruction for all students in inclusive classrooms as well as SEI Tier II instruction for English Language Learners using differentiated instruction and scaffolds. The following comprehension strategies are addressed: main idea skills, use of a topic web graphic organizer, two-column notes, summarizing, and question generation at multiple levels of thinking.  Vocabulary strategies presented are: previewing vocabulary before reading, activities to make connections between known and unknown words, selecting key academic vocabulary to teach in-depth, use of context and word parts, and word consciousness. The content of this PD is based on instructional practices developed for students who struggle with literacy in SEI classrooms. Participants also learn how the training is highly aligned to Common Core literacy standards and topics covered in the Massachusetts SEI/RETELL course. Registration for the online course includes a copy of The Key Comprehension Routine and The Key Vocabulary Routine training books.

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Item #OL-EL.  Please allow two weeks for the course to be activated and delivery of the books.


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