English Language Learner University (ELL-U)

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ELL-U was a free professional development network for ESOL practitioners. The resources developed through this federally-funded initiative were designed to broaden, deepen, and strengthen the knowledge and skills of educators working with adult ELLs. ESOL practitioners and ELLs may continue to leverage these resources and the network of practitioners where they now reside on the LINCS site. Follow the links below to explore these evidence-based, high quality courses and resources.

Online Courses

Each online course is self-paced and tailored to meet the needs of educators working with ELLs. Courses are divided into multiple segments to allow for practice, reflection, and extended learning. Certificates of completion are available. Learn more now!

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Learning Plans

Learning Plans are individualized, online, long-term professional development activities based on a topic of interest to educators working with ELLs. In each Learning Plan are opprtinites to think, write, reflect and try new classroom techniques while learning how to approach topics from a variety of perspectives. Learning plans are based on the concept that professional development is most meaningful when it is sustained over time and relevant to the needs and interests of each individual. Go to http://literacyworkslincs.learnerweb.org to access these and other LINCS Learning Plans.

  • Working with Emergent Readers
  • Teaching Vocabulary


Access professional development materials in the LINCS Resource Collection, including the Adult English Language Learner Collection.

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Communicate with other ESOL practitioners in the LINCS Community Adult English Language Learners Group.