English Language Learners and Language-Based Learning Disabilities: Misconceptions and Assumptions


2/22/2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

2/22/2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday, February 22
7-8 p.m. ET

At times, English Language Learners with language-based learning disabilities may only be identified as ESL students. In this webinar, you’ll hear about some common misconceptions about types of language-based disabilities, ELLs, how you can identify ELLs who also have a language-based disability, and best practices for determining whether a student’s challenges are related to their English acquisition or to a learning disability as well. You’ll learn instructional methods that will promote ELLs’ literacy acquisition, and can be used for all struggling readers as well.

After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify English Language Learners.
  2. Understand language-based disabilities.
  3. Recognize common misconceptions and assumptions about ELLs.
  4. Distinguish between an ELL and an ELL with a language-based disability.

Who should attend: Special education teachers, general education teachers; gifted education teachers; paraeducators; related service providers; school/district administrators; special education administrators; teachers-in-training; teacher educators


Katherine Roe, Ph.D., is a Professor of Language, Culture, and Literacy at Concordia College-New York. Her research areas include Special Education, ABA, ELL, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Roe is an experienced NYC Special Education teacher and behavioral intervention consultant.