Teachers face a variety of ever-evolving challenges when it comes to reaching and teaching English Learners. The same can be said of language program administrators, who strive to connect a diverse and often disperse faculty. ELTS works directly with language programs and departments to provide engaging professional development that directly enhances teachers’ classroom expertise while building morale and professionalism.
Professional Development Workshops
We provide high quality professional development for practitioners across the U.S. and around the world. ELTS founders Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson have over 50 years of combined experience in developing and delivering professional development workshops and courses.
Our professional development options are research-based and are customized to address your school’s professional development priorities. Unique to our workshops is an emphasis on teacher phonological awareness, which we consider critical to the effective teaching of spoken English, basic and academic vocabulary, literacy, reading, and writing.
Because teachers are learners too, we take a dynamic multimodal approach to teacher professional development. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory plays a formative role in our workshop design, which is why you’ll find yourself stretching rubber bands (to notice phonemic stress), doing yoga (to understand vowel production) and humming into a kazoo (to discover voicing and intonation). Our workshop activities are refreshingly unconventional while remaining deeply rooted in learning theory.
We work directly with you to provide game-changing professional development that will better equip your school or program to support the success of English Learners. Below are some of our most popular topics.
Color Vowel Chart Workshops
- Implementing the Color Vowel™ Chart (6 hours)
- Teaching masterfully with the Color Vowel™ Chart (6 hours)
Workshops for K-12 ESOL and Adult/Parent literacy providers
- The problem of spelling in English: What effective tutors and teachers need to know
- Phonemic Awareness: What emerging readers really need before they read
- How to integrate phonological awareness into everyday K-5 teaching
Staff and faculty development
- Speaking clearly: What college staff and faculty need to know about their own spoken English
- What is in a name? What accent, ‘foreign’ names, and ‘normal names’ have to teach us about tolerance and community
- English in diverse settings: Why we speak differently from one another and how to forge mutual respect and understanding
Our professional development clients include:
- Christina School District (K-12), Wilmington DE
- Intercambio Uniting Communities, Boulder CO
- LADO International Institute, Washington DC
- Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, Santa Fe NM
- Mariposa Montessori School, Santa Fe NM
- Montgomery College Refugee Training Center, Rockville MD
- Pueblo City Schools, Pueblo CO
- Rockville Senior Center, Rockville MD
- Tokyo International University of America, Salem OR
- University of Delaware English Language Institute, Newark DE
- U.S. Department of State, Office of English Language Programs, Washington DC
- Washington English Center, Washington DC
For workshop scheduling and pricing information, please complete the form below.