• Preservice Teacher Preparation

    This branch of the ELM Project focuses on preparing Hamline University pre-service mainstream teachers to incorporate best practices for ELs in their instructional lessons by the time they are licensed teachers (typically 1-2 years after taking the course).

    Best practices addressed in this course include: creating a comfortable environment, how first language supports acquisition of English, the second language acquisition process, legal obligations of schools in the instruction of ELs, WIDA assessments and supports, best practices in teaching English learners, language objectives that support content, providing opportunities for oral and written language practice, and understanding the goal of academic English language proficiency. Starting in January 2017, all Hamline University initial teacher licensure candidates are required to take this two-credit course.