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Instructing English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities, In-Person – Summer Institute 2022


  • Delivery mode: In-person. All guidelines around Covid-19 protocols will be followed and communicated to participants.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.


This course provides educators with an overview of language development and second language acquisition with a specific focus on English Language Learners (ELLs). It addresses the distinction between language differences and disorders, with a particular emphasis on language-based learning disabilities (LBLD). Participants will examine the critical importance of learning about students’ cultural background and educational experiences. Lastly, participants will be introduced to teaching methodologies and effective strategies to help ELLs with LBLD (or other identified learning difficulties) manage the complex language and academic demands they face throughout the school day.

Upon Completion participants will be able to:

  • Understand the distinction between a language difference and disorder.
  • Recognize the complexities and challenges associated with assessing ELLs with learning disabilities.
  • Consider how a student’s cultural background and/or educational experiences may impact learning.
  • Implement strategies that can help ELLs better manage language and academic demands.

IMPORTANT NOTE: People who have taken the 15-hour or 3-credit online course of the same title should not take this course, as it will cover the same content.


This course is appropriate for educators at all grade levels.


Materials will be provided on-site.


Graduate credit is included in course tuition and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

45 Hours/PDPs
3 Graduate Credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 11-15, 2022
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Linda Gross, M.A., CCC-SLP

Linda is a certified speech-language pathologist. Throughout her career, she has worked in clinical and school settings evaluating and treating individuals with a variety of communication disorders. Linda joined Landmark High School as the expressive language program director in 1994, transitioning into a consultation role in this program from 2003-2016. Linda has also been a Landmark Outreach Program faculty member since 1996. For Outreach, she consults with private and public schools, as well as develops and teaches courses for the Summer Institute and Landmark Outreach Online. Linda’s expertise is in child and adolescent language disorders with a particular interest in social communication deficits. She has presented seminars on these topics at the IDA, LDA, and ASHA national conferences. Linda earned both her bachelor’s (1986) and master’s (1988) degrees in communication disorders from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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