ELL Students: Using Personal Finance to Meet the New Common Core Standards in Math and ELA

Professional Development



  • 08/12/2013
  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • UFT Headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th Floor, Room A
  • Presenter: Michael English, University of Missouri at Kansas City


  • National Center Workshops

GRADES: K-2, K-5, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


  • Language Arts & Economics

When states implement a high school personal finance course requirement, schools scramble to find the most qualified teachers to lead the course.  Some teachers may have the tools to teach the course but many do not.  Even more challenging is how to adapt the materials you do have to ELL students that many times are mainstreamed into classrooms.  As a result, many of these teachers are unprepared to teach this course to English Language Learners and need help differentiating the curriculum for these students.  As one teacher remarked, “One size does not fit all for ELL personal finance students.”

Please join Mike English for this workshop to discuss the challenges of learning English and the language of finance simultaneously.  English’s research on ELL students will help teachers better understand the cultural and linguistic challenges that ELL students face in a Personal Finance course.  To overcome these challenges, English has created a set of instructional best practices for scaffolding the content and strategies specifically developed for the ELL population.  Instructional tools and specific lessons will be demonstrated.   This workshop will help teach ELL students how to make better decisions about earning an income, saving and spending, using credit, and budgeting.  Lessons from CEE’s Financial Fitness for Life that includes teacher and student workbooks with assessments to promote active learning which can be adapted by teachers will be provided to those in attendance.  These materials are designed to help all students, including ELL students, achieve financial literacy.

Registration for this workshop begins at 8:30 a.m.


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