Multilingual Multicultural Studies

Teaching Content Areas to ELLs

The Petrie Partnership for Teacher Excellence Curriculum Development Project

These modules are designed for you and your colleagues to use to teach English Language Learners math, science, social studies, and ESL. Please feel free to download these modules for your use.

Please email us your comments and suggestions which you may have to improve them.

The six modules are designed to:

  1. enhance the awareness of pre-service and in-service teachers about the needs and characteristics of English Language Learners (ELLs)
  2. educate pre-service and in-service teachers about how to teach math, science, social studies, and ESL to ELLs. The focus of the project is the effective teaching of content and the English language to ELLs in NYC public schools.

The modules provide:

Module 1: An overview of the needs and characteristics of ELLs


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Module 2: ESL methodologies and second language acquisition theories for content area teachers

Module 3:  Strategies to teach math and science teachers how to teach their content areas to ELLs

Module 4: Strategies to teach math teachers how to teach math effectively to ELLs

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Module 5: Strategies to teach science teachers how to teach science effectively to ELLs

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Module 6: Strategies to teach social studies teachers how to teach social studies effectively to ELLs 

Download the Social Studies module (PDF)

The project was directed by Dr. Frank Tang, director of Multilingual Multicultural Studies (MMS), and coordinated by Dr. Joanna Labov, Clinical Assistant Professor in TESOL. (See Appendix 1 for the project team membership list and Appendix 2 for the ELL Think Tank members who contributed to the project by providing invaluable feedback.)

The Petrie Partnership for Teacher Excellence funded the completion of this project.