Inclusion Strategies for ESL Students in Your Classroom

Course #:

EDNU 9031


3 semester hours of graduate credit from University of Massachusetts Global

June 10-11th , 2024
9:00 am to 12:00 pm Hawaii time



Presented by :

Dave Dunaway

Course Description

The student population entering today’s classroom is more culturally and linguistically diverse than ever before. The National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), estimates that 10 percent of today’s students are identified as English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. This number is only expected to increase in the coming years. Additionally, we know the importance that a sense of belonging and inclusion has on a studentʻs desire and ability to learn. The challenge then for teachers is how to have these culturally and linguistically diverse students feel accepted in their classroom.

In this course, we will examine the many different strategies and techniques used by teachers to foster a sense of inclusion in their classrooms. The effectiveness of each strategy or technique is based upon a variety of factors including the student’s home culture, the age and maturity level of their general student population, the amount of diversity in the classroom, and parental support, just to name a few.

Participants will be asked to assess these various factors and then, with this information, create methods to address the needs of ESL students. They will communicate these strategies with both the instructors and peers to receive feedback on how they can make these actions more effective.

After implementation, teachers will then evaluate the impact each technique had on ESL students, and the emotional state in their classroom. Participants will also include which actions they would plan on continuing to use, which they may refine, modify, or discard.

Note: Participants with limited to no contact with ESL students can discuss their research and strategies with accessible classroom teachers.  Information will be shared to encourage best teaching practice and professional growth.




  • This course will be presented live by Dave Duniway on Webex. The link to log into the course is
  • Courses will be held 2 days:  June 10-11th, from 9:00-12:00pm.
  • Attendance for the course is not mandatory
  • Cameras do not need to be on
  • Participants will also work independently on their own time.
  • The course consists of 4 modules with work assigned after each module.
  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive an email from the University of Massachusetts Global with your student account. It will have a login and password for you to be able to access your grades and request a transcript

If you have any questions or concerns as you view the PowerPoints and complete the written work, please contact Emily Berchier at:


(503) 333-9609


Dave Dunaway

[email protected]

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