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Series 3: Social- Emotional Learning

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Become a Better Educator With Social-Emotional Learning

While social and emotional learning (SEL) is becoming increasing critical for learners’ success, teachers often feel unprepared to incorporate or address it in their classrooms. This series serves as a practical, concise, and easy-to-follow reference that English language teachers in K-12 and adult education and English language teacher educators can use in their classrooms. It is one of the limited emerging SEL resources available that is tailored to the English language teaching field and contributes to filling the existing gap of SEL in English language education. Teachers will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to practice self-care and be confident in implementing SEL in their learning spaces to support and benefit their learners.

SEL Module 1: Understanding Social-Emotional Learning

This self-study module introduces social-emotional learning (SEL) and presents six fundamentals for including it in your work with English language learners. Through readings and practice activities, the module will prepare you to explain what SEL is, identify the benefits associated with it, and describe its role in the larger context of English language education.

SEL Module 2: Identifying Learners' Social-Emotional Needs

This self-study module introduces and defines social-emotional needs, including the eight basic social-emotional needs that all people possess. Through readings and practice activities, the module will prepare you to identify English learners who have unmet needs, use interaction strategies and social-emotional learning activities to support them, and work collaboratively with school counselors and other mental health professionals when necessary.

SEL Module 3: Creating an Inclusive Classroom Environment

This self-study module outlines the physical, interpersonal, and organizational characteristics of inclusive classrooms and schools. Through readings and practice activities, the module will prepare you to use social-emotional learning techniques to create an inclusive environment that meets students' social-emotional needs and strengthens their social-emotional competencies.

SEL Module 4: Applying Strategies for Self-Care and Mindfulness

This self-study module will introduce teacher wellness, explain its pivotal role in teaching practice, and outline specific wellness activities that teachers can use to promote their own social-emotional resilience and that of their students. Through readings and practice activities, the module will prepare you to strengthen your own teaching through the use of wellness practices, as well as to use wellness practices in your classroom. 

SEL Module 5: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into Lesson Plans

This self-study module explains the importance of intentionally including social-emotional learning along with language objectives and content objectives in the lesson planning process. It provides strategies for showing students how SEL competencies contribute to different types of learning activities, as well as suggestions for ways to utilize SEL practices as part of classroom management. Through readings and practice activities, the module will prepare you to strengthen your lesson planning and classroom management skills through the purposeful inclusion of social-emotional learning.

SEL Module 6: Monitoring and Assessing Learners' Social-Emotional Learning

This self-study module will present guidelines and considerations for monitoring and assessing the social-emotional learning of your students and the implementation of social-emotional learning practices in your teaching context. Through readings and practice activities, the module will prepare you to define the role of monitoring in promoting students' development of SEL competencies and to explain how to evaluate, select, and interpret the results of SEL assessments.

TESOL ME modules are nonrefundable. 

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