Writing Support for English Language Learners

Writing Support for English Language Learners

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course teaches you about the different levels of English Language Learner (ELL) proficiency and how you can support your students across any content area, regardless of their current proficiency levels. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. You will learn specific strategies and progress monitoring techniques to incorporate into your lessons for ELL support.

3 Months Access / 8 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course will teach you about English Language Learner (ELL) proficiency and how you can support it throughout various content areas. You will learn six strategies to support your students: buddy writing, daily writing, interactive writing, using mentor texts, sentence stems, and vocabulary development. You will also learn how to evaluate your ELL's progress over time.

The course comes with many tools, resources, and templates ready to be used in your classroom as you work to teach writing to ELLs and implement the writing plan you developed throughout this course.


  1. ELL Proficiency Levels
    1. About the struggle ELL students have in different content areas, and how writing plays a role in all content areas.
    2. Six simple strategies that can support the writing skills of ELLs across all content areas.
    3. How to best monitor the progress of your ELLs.
  2. Support Strategies
    1. Strategies such as buddy writing, daily writing, and interactive writing are great ways to improve writing fluency and confidence of ELLs.
    2. How exposing students to quality mentor texts and providing them with sentence stems or frames are excellent ways to scaffold the process of writing.
    3. That vocabulary development is a critical part of literacy development for ELLs.
  3. Monitoring Progress
    1. The importance of monitoring the progress of your ELLs.
    2. Three strategies for monitoring progress.
  4. Putting it All Together
    1. Using the sample provided, build your writing support plan for your ELLs for an upcoming lesson.
  5. Applying What you Have Learned
    1. Get ideas on how to implement the concepts into your classroom, find a list of online resources that feature additional ELL support ideas, and read the research behind effective methods for supporting your ELLs.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14767