Engaging English Language Learners in Science (2-day workshop)


This interactive two-day workshop offers teachers of English Language Learners time to delve into combining English Language Development Standards and Science Practices. In collaborative groups of educators, we will develop a common understanding of academic language in a science and engineering environment. After developing a common understanding of language expectations, we will explore strategies and supports that foster a language rich environment. Through hands-on experimentation and analysis of language embedded within the content and practices, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to engage language learners of a variety of proficiency levels. The workshop will conclude with participants using a planning tool that will help them apply the process to their lessons.

Participants will be able to:

  • Create a common understanding of Academic Language and proficiency levels
  • Have a deeper understanding of the Science and Engineering Practices
  • Engage in instructional strategies that support creating language rich environments for students to create meaning in the science and engineering classroom
  • Apply targeted supports for a variety of proficiency levels


This workshop is designed for educators with all levels of experience with the WIDA Standards Framework, including those new to WIDA tools and resources.


Day 1

Morning Session

  • Introductions and engineering challenge
  • Process overview
  • Core ideas
  • Crosscutting concepts/Crosscutting language demands

Afternoon Session

  • Practices of science and engineering
  • Academic language moves in the classroom

Day 2

Morning Session

  • Welcome and inclusion
  • Review of Day 1
  • Applying the process through sample lesson
  • Aligning model lesson-a process

Afternoon Session

  • Applying the process to your lesson/lab
  • Interactive share-out