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

Dual Language Learners and Instruction using Massachusetts English Language Development standards

✔ Early education
✔ P-PK
✔ 15 PDPs in English Learner Education


This course focuses on young ELs/Dual Language Learners (DLLs) ages 2.5–5.5 and their teachers in a public, private, and community settings. 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 aspects of language development, teachers will experience how adults can support planning and instruction for dual language learners.

Learn about:

  • Elements and trajectories 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, the MA department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Head Start for dual language learners.
  • Socio-cultural considerations related to parenting, language use and instruction and how to work 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 and 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


Payment & Refund Policies

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