Supporting English Learners in Specialty Subjects (EL-103) 

Supporting academic language development for English learners with English Language Development Standards

✔ Specialists - art, music, theater, physical education, health, technology, and other 
✔ All grade levels
✔ 15 PDPs in English Learner Education


This hands-on interactive course provides specialty area teachers with a deeper understanding of how to identify, analyze and develop academic language for ELLs using Massachusetts English Language Development Standards and other tools. Course participants will learn to apply language development strategies to their teaching context, taking into account the four language domains (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and their students’ English proficiency.

Working collaboratively with model texts, state model curriculum units, and their own lessons, teachers will gain expertise in the unique language features in their specialty areas, and how to increase students' content comprehension and academic language and literacy skills.


Teachers of Art, Music, Theater, Physical Education, Health, Computers/Technology, and other special subjects.


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.