ELL Success

Arizona State University’s online specialization “ELL in the Content Classroom” trains public and private school educators to engage English Language Learners in their English-speaking classrooms. 

Hosted on the award-winning Coursera platform, educators will virtually plan lessons, activities and assessments with the ELL in mind. When you complete the course, you will earn a certificate from ASU and be qualified to instruct in any classroom with an ELL.


What you’ll learn

In this specialization, you will learn how to:

  • Apply unique perspectives of second language acquisition to classroom success.

  • Write language objectives aligned to your content and school/district wide objectives.

  • Employ modifications in existing units, lessons, activities and materials for ELL students at their unique levels.

  • Design formative and summative assessment with appropriate modifications, including rubric and other grading tools, for ELL students at their individual levels.

  • Strategically engage ELL students and their families in the learning process and the school community.

About the specialization

There are four courses in the ELL Success in the Content Classroom specialization course and will take approximately 10 hours to complete.

For a list of courses and course descriptions, please visit the ELL Success in the Content Classroom online portal.


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100% Online Courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule

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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

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Approx. 3 Months to Complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

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Subtitles: English, Arabic



Ellen Manos


Ellen Manos

Senior International Educator

Claire McLaughlin


Claire McLaughlin

Senior International Educator


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enroll in a single course?

Yes! To get started, visit our Coursera page and click the course that interests you to enroll.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee.


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How long does it take to complete the specialization?

Completion time can vary based on your schedule and learning style, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in up to 6 months at 6 hours per week of study.


Great Course! Working with ELL and refugee students I learned so many new techniques and tips to help them to be successful at school and community.



I tried very hard to help my students but I felt that my efforts were wasted. My students were not responsive and it frustrated me. I even thought of quitting my job. But thanks to this course, I learned valuable language acquisition theories and I now have a better understanding of what is going on in my students' heads.

Diana S



The course has been structured in such a way that any "busy teacher" can easily complete the course with minimal adjustments in her/his schedule. Assignments really scare me especially when they are graded. But the way they are administered is simply awesome. The very thing that you can retake the test itself makes you feel less stressed.

Pete. A


Everyday I have learned something new. I especially love the practical approach, examples, and how it can immediately be implemented in the content classroom. In addition, a lot of the modifications and applications for teaching ELL students I've also found very useful in applying to teaching my special needs students

Matias G.