Walking in an English Learner's Shoes

This course will fulfill the requirement of (15) hours in English Language Learning for recertification. 


The course will begin by examining our own language history, as well as the diversity of ELs and their experiences. We will complete an overview of second language acquisition research, analyze important sociocultural factors, and learn how to best communicate with and partner with families and caregivers of ELs. 



Overall Goal: Participants will more deeply understand the experiences and strengths of their ELs.  Participants will view the strengths and needs of ELs with an anti-deficit lens.



By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Relate their own experiences as language learners to their students’ experiencesDistinguish between language learning and language acquisition
  • Develop and understanding of culture as it relates to English language learners 
  • Explore sociocultural characteristics of ELLs
  • Learn about myths of bilingualism
  • Analyze English proficiency /levels (WIDA) to help guide instruction and create a positive learning environment for ELLs
  • Learn concrete ways to communicate with and engage families of ELs

Presenter:  Maria Hegarty has taught ELL at all levels from K-12 to Adult Programs. She currently teaches ELL at Newton North High School, focusing on Newcomer SLIFE. From 2005-2011, she worked in Madrid, Spain as Coordinator for the Simmons in Madrid Program, and later as Director of English Programs at the International Institute. She teaches ongoing professional development courses, has worked as an Instructional Coach and Clinical Supervisor and Instructor at Simmons College and Boston University. Maria is passionate about sharing her experience teaching ELLs with educators and advocating for equity for her SLIFE students. 

Date: March 6th – April 10th

Cost:  $295 ACCEPT members/$355 non-members

Audience:  Grade K-12 Teachers

Location:  Online

Earn:  15 PDPs

Graduate Credit Option:  Pending approval, participants may choose to apply for (1) optional graduate credit for an additional fee of $125 payable to Worcester State University.