In this short module, we will be looking at the use of 4 precise strategies and techniques that can be used by any teacher or instructional support professional to assist English Learners with literacy development in the grade 9-12 classroom. These strategies are often referred to as S.D.A.I.E. (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English) strategies and are directed at students learning English as their second language.


This module is developed for those who are working directly with English Learners in the grade 9-12 setting. So if you are a teacher, instructional aide, mentor, or program aide interested in helping students with their reading comprehension and vocabulary development, these strategies and techniques are for you!


Participants in this training module will be asked to familiarize themselves with the following strategies to the degree that they can readily integrate them into practice:

  1. Teaching Academic Vocabulary
  2. Check for Understanding
  3. Primary Language Support
  4. Direct Instruction
  5. Student Discussion
  6. Graphic Organizers

How to Take this Unit

Participants will demonstrate their understanding of the above 6 strategies by:

  • engaging in and completing "in-course" activities (i.e. online discussion, video analysis, keeping a professional journal, etc)
  • developing lessons from their curriculum in which they have appropriately and effectively integrated two or more of these strategies.
  • selecting one of the lessons for observation by a mentor, coach, resource teacher, and/or administrator

Unit Duration

This module should take approximately 2 hours to complete if navigated independently or up to 10 hours when guided by a facilitator (3 hours to review strategies and video case studies, 2 hours to complete in-course activities as identified by a facilitator, and 5 hours to complete and teach a lesson plan for a classroom observation).