Eastern Iowa Early Foreign Language Learning

EL Bridge Project

Eastern Iowa Early Foreign Language Learning

The Eastern Iowa Early Foreign Language Learning website is a resource for individuals looking for information about early foreign language learning in Eastern Iowa. It lists Iowa City Area Programs, Other Iowa Programs, and Resources for Early Language Learners. It is supported by the Grace Cochran Fund, College of Education, University of Iowa.

EL Bridge Project

EL Bridge is an initiative by the UI to improve the quality of education for K-12 ELL students in Iowa’s schools through the integration of ESL best practices in teacher training coursework across subject areas in the UI College of Education. Project staff will focus special attention on the STEM fields and special education. The rational for this project is to create sustainable ‘bridges’ for practitioners between research and methodology in mathematics, science, and special education with research and methodology in EL instruction. The project has four goals:

  1. Improve the effectiveness of UI pre-service teachers working with EL students through state-approved ESL endorsement courses leading to K-12 ESL licensure.
  2. Improve the effectiveness of in-service teachers working with EL students through a series of intensive professional development webinars and web based modules focusing on the latest research and best practice in teaching ELs and through an online collaborative community of educators working with ELs in STEM and special education.
  3. Collect, analyze, and use high-quality and timely data to improve EL instructional practices in K-12 educational settings.
  4. Infuse EL research based best practice in STEM and special education teacher preparation courses to better prepare these teachers to provide instruction to meet the needs of EL students.

The EL Bridge Project addresses the following National Professional Development Program Competitive (CP) and Invitational Priorities (IP):

  • CP2: Enabling More Data Based Decision Making.
  • CP3: Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education.
  • IP2: Improving Preparation of All Teachers to Better Serve English Learners.

Visit the EL Bridge web page or contact el-bridge@uiowa.edu for more information.