(English Language Learners)

ESL Program Specialist Certification - IU1

About the ESL Program Specialist Certification Program

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification program is a collaborative grant project between California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) and Intermediate Unit 1 which began in 2013 and will end in 2018. Both organizations work diligently to provide quality training and professional development for educational professionals. Cal U and IU1 have successfully partnered together in the past on various projects.

The goal of the California University of Pennsylvania/Intermediate Unit 1 English as a Second Language Professional Development Project is to improve classroom instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) by developing a model curriculum of professional development opportunities for pre-service teachers; new teachers; experienced teachers; principals; assistant principals; and paraprofessionals that offer a range of training programs to meet varying depths of interest and need. At the conclusion of this five-year grant project, over 1,650 educators will have been trained in ESL.

It is imperative that educators at all levels receive professional development opportunities that assist in assessing the ELL’s level of language acquisition, understanding individual’s needs, developing individualized instruction, and providing support through acculturation into a new environment. By providing these professional development opportunities to educators, Cal U and IU1 can assist educators in helping ELL students reach their true potential.

For more information and to register click here.

ELL Lending Library

A library of resources for ELL teachers is available at Seneca Highlands IU9's main office. A list of our ELL Lending Library materials has been divided into three learning levels; elementary, middle/high school, and ALL levels, please click HERE to download this document.

These materials can be borrowed by teachers by completing this FORM or by coming to the IU to sign them out.

ELL Websites

The College Transition Guide for ESL Students

Activities for ESL Students

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

English Club

Dave's ESL Cafe


Developing Teachers

Boggle's World

Breaking News English

ESL Lounge

MES English

English Raven