Announcing the Fall 2014 MOOC Lineup!

Friday, August 29, 2014

We are excited to be offering two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) this fall, both designed to help teachers support students’ language use and content learning in the context of the new standards.

Starting on October 1, we will again offer Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for College and Career Readiness, by Kenji Hakuta, Jeff Zwiers, and Sara Rutherford Quach from Understanding Language. This course is a modified version of the Constructive Classroom Conversations MOOCs offered last year, in which over 6000 educators enrolled.

In this fourteen-week course, educators will work individually and within teams to collect samples of student conversations, analyze language samples using the Conversation Analysis Tool (CAT), and plan instruction to foster students’ conversation skills. Participants will join an expansive online community to discuss, implement, and reflect on constructive student-to-student conversations as powerful ways to develop language, thinking, and understanding.

Please follow the links below for more information or to register:

Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for College and Career Readiness (Elementary)

Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for College and Career Readiness (Secondary)

Also starting on October 1, Understanding Language will be collaborating with Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Education to offer a new MOOC: Supporting English Language Learners under New Standards, by Karen Thompson, Kenji Hakuta, and Sara Rutherford-Quach.

This eight-week course will focus on a key practice within both the Common Core State Standards and new English Language Proficiency Standards: constructing claims supported by evidence. Participants will analyze language samples gathered from students to explore how they are constructing claims supported by evidence. Educators will be able to use their understanding of their students’ language abilities to design curriculum aligned to the new standards.

This course is open to teachers and administrators in all states, and is especially relevant to educators in Oregon and the other states in the ELPA21 consortium. For more information and to register, please visit:

Supporting English Language Learners under New Standards

We look forward to seeing you in our courses!

For more information, contact us at UnderstandingLanguage@stanford.edu