Early English Language Development for PK-K Teachers (EL-104)

Dual Language Learners and Instruction using Massachusetts English Language Development standards


This course focuses on young ELs/Dual Language Learners (DLLs) ages 2.5–5.5 and their teaches in a public school setting. DLL students have unique paths of language development in relationship to monolingual language development in early learning contexts. Participants will explore the concept of developmentally appropriate academic language and reflect on school readiness for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. Teachers will create resources based on examination of how schools can be ready for linguistically diverse children and their families and perceptions some families may have regarding the concept of school readiness. By developing an understanding of the newly adopted WIDA E-ELD Performance Definitions, Standards, and their Matrices, teachers will experience how the standards support planning and instruction for dual language learners, practice approaches to implementing E-ELD standards in their classrooms, and share resources. This course is jointly approved by ESE and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. This course is jointly approved for SEI Extending the Learning by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Learn about:

  • The stages of oral language development for young dual language learners, and how they differ from monolingual students.
  • Classroom supports and strategies that encourage language use and growth.
  • Resources from WIDA and Head Start for dual language learners.
  • Socio-cultural considerations for working with students and their families.

If you want to go beyond the skills and knowledge you developed in the SEI endorsement course, this is the course for you!


Early educators or their supervisors

Course Schedule & Registration

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Online Format

2 synchronous (live) online sessions plus 3 asynchronous independent work modules (15 hours)

A hybrid format with in-person sessions is available for in-district courses only.


15 PDPs - Fulfills Requirement for 15 PDPs in English learner education for recertification


$ 295.00 
$ 275.00 for MATSOL members

Payment & Refund Policies

See MATSOL Course Registration & Payment Policies. Cancellations must be received in writing 10 business days before the first class meeting.