Simple ELL Vocabulary Strategies

Simple ELL Vocabulary Strategies

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course will address the challenges English Language Learners (ELLs) face with unfamiliar vocabulary and offer methods for support in your classroom. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. You will learn a variety of vocabulary strategies that can be implemented immediately in your classroom using the provided vocabulary templates in this course.

3 Months Access / 1 Course Hrs
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This course will introduce the challenges that English Language Learners (ELLs) encounter with unfamiliar vocabulary and will help you grasp the distinctions between tier 1, 2, and 3 vocabulary words. You will learn different vocabulary strategies, how to support your students at each vocabulary tier, and explore both implicit and explicit vocabulary teaching methods. The course comes with a downloadable PDF of the content, videos, quizzes, and a variety of vocabulary templates ready to be used in the classroom.


  1. Simple ELL Vocabulary Strategies Course Content
    1. The video and article will provide you with an understanding of the vocabulary support needs of English Language and explain how you can support vocabulary development at the tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 vocabulary levels. Strategies for support will be offered for each level, along with support documents you can download and use in your classroom. The course also includes some "Reflect or Discuss" prompts to help you connect with the course content and ends with a "Try This Task" to guide you explicitly on how you might implement the ideas into the classroom.
  2. Quiz
    1. You will answer questions related to tiered vocabulary levels and English Language Learners. Quizzes are automatically scored and provide feedback on answer choice rationale.
  3. Implementation Reflection
    1. The reflection prompt requires you to plan for use of the "try this task" by either reflecting on the content yourself or discussing them with the colleague. You will then discuss a new concept you can attempt to implement in the future based on something you learned in the course.
  4. Considerations for Implementation
    1. This short statement helps you reflect on your ideas and assess whether you might be successful in your implementation.
  5. Videos and Further Reading
    1. Additional content suggestions are provided to enhance and expand your understanding of ELL vocabulary needs.



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
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • 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.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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

Self-Guided Course Code: T14744