English Learners

English Learners for Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) (2208-04)

Have you struggled to differentiate speech and language eligibility for English Learners? Are you sometimes pressured to provide services for English Learners despite questioning if speech and language services are appropriate? This course will provide information, strategies, and toolbox resources that will enhance your practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist and member of a trans-disciplinary team when evaluating students who are English Learners.

Course Author: Andrea Zern

  • Welcome!
  • What is the educational process for an English Learner?
  • Language Development Overview
  • Critical Period Response
  • So, Why Does this Matter?
  • English Learners
  • Over and Under Identification
  • Over and Under Identification Video
  • Data-Driven Strategies for English Learners
  • Language Acquisition and Second Language Acquisition Phenomenon
  • Common Referrals
  • Interference
  • The Silent Period
  • Codeswitching or Translanguaging
  • Language Loss
  • Accents and Dialects
  • BICS vs. CALP
  • Some More Clues between ‘Difference’ vs. ‘Disability’
  • Multi-disciplinary Assessment for the SLP and an SLP Toolkit
  • Assessment
  • Variety, Variety, Variety
  • A Note on Standardized Testing
  • Choose Tests Wisely
  • Understand Home Language Development
  • Increasing Cultural Competence and Preparation
  • Reporting for Ease of Understanding
  • Wrap-Up
  • Take Action
  • Learning Extensions
  • Share Your Feedback
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever