ESL for the Secondary Science Teacher


Emily C. Miller


2 October - 29 October 201​7 Last chance to take this instructor-led online course!

Who Should Attend?

  • Secondary science educators who teach English language learners
  • ESL educators who teach science


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Registration fees include the 4-week access to the course site and opportunity to earn 4 C​EUs.

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TESOL is authorized by IACET to offer 4 CEUs for this online course. No partial CEUs will be given to registrants who do not complete the course. For more information about CEUs, please go to

What Will I Learn?

Participants explore the role of cultural perspectives in learning science, guiding principles of second language acquisition, and methods of instructional alignment of objectives, teaching, and assessment of scientific learning. Through guided instruction and active engagement, participants explore, plan, and apply principles from TESOL’s PreK–12 English Language Proficiency Standards (2006) and current research. Ultimately, participants will design instruction that aligns content and language standards, teaching methods, and student assessment in secondary science classrooms. 

  • Module 1:  Cultural Perspectives and Learning
    Objective:  Participants explore the role of cultural perspectives in learning science.    
  • Module 2:  SLA Basics
    Objective:  Participants identify the guiding principles of second language acquisition.
  • Module 3:  Scientific Language and Learning
    Objective:  Participants compare best practices in science instruction and SLA.
  • Module 4:  Instructional Design and Assessment
    Objective:  Participants practice aligning TESOL standards and content standards through lesson/assessment design.

About the Instructor

Emily C. Miller is a second and third grade English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual resource teacher (BRT) at a Title I school, where she has taught for 16 years. She is also a writer for the Elementary Team and the Diversity and Equity Writing Team of the Next Generation Science Standards. She wrote and implemented the Aristos Grant to work with a team of teachers to design place-based culturally and linguistically relevant engineering extensions at Title I schools that align with NGSS. Ms. Miller has a Master of Science in bilingual studies from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a Bachelor of Science from the same department with a Spanish minor, and ESL and bilingual teaching licenses. Currently, she is working toward a doctorate with Dr. Leema Berland at the University of Wisconsin.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact TESOL Professional Learning and put "ESL Science" in the subject header.