Purposeful Lesson Planning for Language Learners

Note: This workshop will not be available after June 30, 2021.

This two-day workshop is designed to enhance participants' lesson planning processes. During the workshop, participants will examine seven essential elements that attend to the needs of multilingual learners. In particular, participants will focus on creating contexts for meaningful language use within settings that integrate content learning and academic language development. Participants will utilize tools and resources from the WIDA Standards Framework to assist them in designing instruction that promotes content learning and language development.


This workshop is designed for general classroom teachers and English language specialists who share instructional responsibility for language learners. No experience in using the WIDA ELD Standards Framework is needed for this workshop.

Participants will be able to

  • Explore and connect lesson planning considerations for multilingual learners to their instructional contexts/materials and reflect on implementation in their classroom.
  • Identify the strengths as well as language development and learning needs for groups of students.
  • Discuss the influence of sociocultural context and identity on student language learning.
  • Leverage Key Language Uses to create meaningful contexts for language use connected to content concepts and skills.
  • Consider the developmental nature of language learning when planning lessons.
  • Identify the academic language demands embedded in grade level tasks and lessons.
  • Develop language objectives connected to content learning.
  • Explore how supports can be used to engage language learners at all proficiency levels.
  • Integrate reading, writing, listening and speaking opportunities into their lessons.

Event information

Two Days
35 Participant Maximum

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