English Learners for Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)

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.

Author: Andrea Zern

Duration: 1 Hour

Audience: Speech and Language Pathologists

Micro-Course Outline


Part 1: What is the educational process for an English Learner?

As an SLP, you know the importance of speech and language. You realize distinctions between languages, dialects, accents, and delays or disorders in these areas. In this part of the micro-course, explore the process for educating English Learners and explore problems that arise from over- and under-identification.


Part 2: Language Acquisition and Second Language Acquisition Phenomenon

It is imperative that teachers and related service providers understand the normal processes and phenomena of second-language acquisition to avoid making "false positive" identifications. In this part of the micro-course, explore concepts such as code-switching, translanguaging, language loss, and accents/dialects.


Part 3: Multi-disciplinary Assessment for the SLP and an SLP Toolkit

SLPs and others who work with English Learners continually look for ideas for properly assessing their students. This part of the micro-course provides tips, strategies, and resources that further develop your knowledge and ability to provide culturally responsive assessments and team-based solutions.

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