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Welcome to the Introduction to the English Language Proficiency Standards: A Classroom- centered Approach to Standards Integration! In this course, we will be discussing the CCRS and the impact that they have on classrooms.

Audience: Classroom Instructors and Program Leaders

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the English Language Proficiency Standards
  • Explain the instructional changes that are a result of the ELPS
  • Identify ELPS-aligned, scaffolded activities and assessments
  • Create ELPS-aligned lesson plans.

The course format is asynchronous in nature, meaning you complete the course at your own pace. A new module unlocks each week for 5 weeks, but only after you have completed the previous module. You’ll be able to look back at previous modules any time you’d like, and of course you can pause and re-watch any portions of the videos as needed. The video must be watched in its entirety for the quiz to unlock.  Click "SAVE VIDEO PROGRESS" before exiting the video.

Each week, you’ll view the module video and then complete a module quiz and extended response. Some weeks, you’ll be uploading an assignment as well, such as a completed lesson plan. You’ll upload your Word (.doc) file as your last action in the quiz for weeks where assignments are due.

Note that only one file may be uploaded for submission. Editable PDFs are provided in one file for your completion.

All materials referenced in this course are in the Course Materials folder.

Note that you also can’t move on until at least an 80% is achieved on the quiz, and note that your extended response will be reviewed by the facilitator. A facilitator dashboard keeps us updated on your progress, and if you’re taking the course as part of your agency’s professional development requirements, your agency will be informed of your status on a regular basis.

If you encounter an issue at any point, navigate to the Technical Support tab on the right-hand side of the screen within the course.


In module 1, we will meet the standards—what are the ELPS, and how did they come about?

  • Describe the history of the College and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS)
  • Discuss the importance of standards-based education
  • Identify key elements of the ELPS

Module 1 Assignments

  • Watch the video for Module 1
  • Review the ELP Standards (View 1)
  • Review the Guiding Principles
  • Complete the Module 1 quiz and extended response

1 Video, 1 Quiz

In Module 2, we will talk about the changes in instruction because of the ELPS.

  • Review the key shifts in instructional practices as a result of the CCRS
  • Identify these shifts in the ELPS
  • Apply the key shifts to ELL instruction

Module 2 Assignments

  • Watch the Module 2 video
  • Review the ELL standards (View 1) one more time
  • Review the ELPS sample scenarios found in the Course Materials
  • Complete the Module 2 quiz and extended response

1 Video, 1 Quiz

In Module 3, we’ll look at activities for the ELPS and effective scaffolds for ELL classrooms.

  • Discuss appropriate activities in ELL classrooms that support academics and language acquisition
  • Identify effective scaffolds and supports for different scenarios
  • Develop activities/scenarios that provide scaffolding and support for ELLs

Module 3 Assignments

  • Watch the Module 3 video
  • Create and upload one activity using the scaffolded activity template
  • Review Appendix C—Scaffolds and Supports, and the sample scaffolded activity
  • Complete the Module 3 quiz and extended response

1 Video, 1 Quiz

In Module 4, you’ll learn about creating ELP-based assessments.

  • Discuss assessment of ELPS
  • Identify guiding principles of assessments
  • Create an assessment for both academic and language skills

Module 4 Assignments

  • Watch the Module 4 video
  • Create and upload one assessment using the assessment template
  • Complete the Module 4 quiz and extended response

1 Video, 1 Quiz

In the final module of the course, we will pull everything we have learned together to create an ELPS-aligned lesson plan.

  • Review prior concepts of the ELPS
  • Discuss key elements of ELL lesson delivery
  • Apply the ELPS to the classroom via a developed lesson

Module 5 Assignments

  • Watch the Module 5 video
  • Complete and upload your lesson plan and reflection after teaching the lesson
  • Complete the Module 5 quiz and extended response
  • Complete the course post-assessment
  • Download and print the course completion certificate
  • Download any course materials you want to keep

1 Video, 2 Quiz


Great question! Susan Roberts of SCR Consulting has trained thousands of adult educators across the country through engaging in-person workshops and seminars on a variety of adult education practices. Using her knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, she utilizes research-based, practical approaches to introducing the same content effectively in an online environment. Rather than simply reading text on a screen, SCR Academy courses utilize module videos with Susan as your guide as you journey through the content. Project-based learning activities bring the concepts into the classroom with guidance from SCR Academy facilitators along the way.
Upon payment—either by your agency’s provided enrollment key or through credit card—you will be enrolled in the course. You’ll start by taking the pre-assessment—an informal quiz to test your knowledge about the course content. Then, the first module will unlock for you to begin work.
A new module will unlock each week, but only if you have completed the module before it. While the courses are self-paced, your agency and SCR Academy may have parameters in place for a completion timeline. Long periods of inactivity may result in your deactivation from the course.
A certificate of completion will generate when you have completed all course requirements. You must download and/or print the certificate as proof of your completion.
Within the course, navigate to the Technical Support tab on the right side of the screen. Otherwise, you can always email Susan: susan@scr.consulting.

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