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15 Hour In-Person Seminars

Instructing English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities, In-Person – Summer Institute 2023


  • Delivery mode: In-person
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section



According to recent statistics, the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in classrooms is increasing. With this comes the fact that some of those students may have a language-based learning disability (LBLD). How can educators address the needs of these diverse learners? This seminar will provide a brief overview of second language acquisition and the complex nature of assessing ELLs. Participants will engage in activities to understand how their students’ cultural background and past educational experiences impact learning. They will then explore how educators can support ELLs’ development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills within content classes. Instructional models, such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), will be discussed, along with Landmark’s Teaching Principles™, to support ELLs across all grades and subjects.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain typical language acquisition and stages of second language acquisition
  • Describe key components in assessing ELLs with Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • Create activities to better understand students’ cultural and educational backgrounds
  • Use effective instructional strategies to support ELLs with LD


Massachusetts Educators: This seminar meets the professional re-licensure requirement for “at least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and the instruction of students with diverse learning styles.”


NOTE: This course will cover the same content as the Landmark Outreach 15-hour or 3-credit online course of the same title.



This course is appropriate for educators who work with at all grade levels.



Materials will be provided on-site.



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course. Graduate credit is an additional $125 and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

15 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 11-12, 2023
8:30am - 4:00pm
$400 $350

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About the Instructor

Linda Gross, M.A., CCC-SLP

Linda is a certified speech-language pathologist with over 35 years of experience. She earned her B.S. in communication disorders and M.A. in speech-language pathology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Linda is currently a lead faculty member of the Landmark School Outreach Program. In this role she serves as an educational consultant partnering with public and private schools. Additionally, she develops and instructs workshops, webinars, and graduate courses for Landmark Outreach Online and the Summer Institute on topics related to Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD). Previous responsibilities included serving as the Expressive Language Program Director and speech-language consultant at Landmark High School. Linda also brings experience evaluating and treating individuals with a variety of communication disorders in clinical and school settings. She is the author of the booklet, Understanding Language-Based Learning Disabilities: Social Communication Skills, and numerous articles on related topics.

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