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How can we help students acquire and use an additional language all while increasing their understanding of themselves and the world around them? This course is made for teachers of an additional language such as Spanish, French, Mandarin, Arabic, etc. as well as English Language Learners. 

This in-depth course lasts 8 weeks, taking approximately one hour per week to complete.  

During this cohort model, content is released weekly so that we all stay at a similar pace, but all activities are completely asynchronous. Optional live calls for connection and Q and A included. View the course syllabus here. 

Some familiarity with conceptual learning and transfer is recommended before taking this course, but beginners who are eager to learn are very welcomed to join! 

Participants can choose to aim for a level 1, level 2, or level 3 badge, by completing one ore more of the following:  

  • a course overview
  • a unit plan
  • an instructional calendar
  • a lesson plan for learning that transfers. 

Course finishers receive a certificate noting 15 hours and 1.5 continuing education credits (CEU), plus a Learning That Transfers badge to use in emails, resume, etc. as well as your name listed on our website (with your permission). 

We hope you'll join us! Group discount for 4+ participants. 

Please reach out with any questions: [email protected]

Participants have access to the course material for an additional three weeks after the course is complete.

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Next cohort starts in February 2022

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Thank You

What people are saying:

Richard Healy

Head of Secondary, British School Manila

“I have never seen a professional learning program have such a great impact on faculty. And it is the best value I’ve encountered in at least a decade.”

Mathilde Mouquet

Spanish teacher and IB Coordinator

“Thanks to the ideas in these courses, students can deal with a wider variety of applications to their understanding of concepts and this deepens their learning.”

Christine Haslett

Head of Primary, Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi

“By transferring concepts back into real life, real time examples, our children are making sense of the world that they are part of, and thinking critically about the behaviour of leaders.”

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome from Julie & Erin (5:40)

    2. Course Orientation

    3. Important Participant Survey

    4. Participant Introductions

    5. Modern Languages Course Syllabus

    1. Module 1 Introduction (1:21)

    2. Complex World Discussion (1:33)

    3. How Learning Transfer Works (4:54)

    4. Mid-Module Reflection

    5. The ACT Model (4:54)

    6. Student Experience - Acquire and Connect (3:28)

    7. Student Experience - Transfer and Student Action (3:57)

    8. Envisioning Possibilities (4:27)

    9. End of Module Reflection

    10. Module 1 Portfolio Checklist

    1. Module Two Introduction (1:37)

    2. Adapting to Changing Times (4:47)

    3. The Role of Student and Teacher (4:52)

    4. Teacher-Directed vs. Student-Directed Game

    5. The Impact of Technology in Education (5:10)

    6. The Role of Curriculum and Instruction (4:55)

    7. Strategies for Deeper Learning (2:07)

    8. The Role of Assessments (4:51)

    9. Mid-Module Reflection

    10. The Unit Storyboard (3:06)

    11. Module 2 Reflection

    12. Module 2 Portfolio Checklist

    1. Module Three Introduction (3:17)

    2. Video: What Concepts Are Here? (2:36)

    3. Real-World Challenges (2:38)

    4. Mid-Module Reflection

    5. The Purpose and Role of Language Acquisition (2:01)

    6. Student-Centered Disciplinary Literacy (1:54)

    7. Selecting Disciplinary Lenses (2:26)

    8. Vertical Alignment (3:07)

    9. Module 3 Reflection

    10. Module 3 Portfolio Checklist

    1. Module Four Introduction (2:04)

    2. Education Evolution: Video and Discussion (2:33)

    3. Real-World Challenges (1:24)

    4. Module 4 Mid-Module Reflection

    5. Narrowing Our Focus (5:27)

    6. From Disciplinary Literacy to Modern Literacies (3:42)

    7. Horizontal Alignment (6:51)

    8. Module 4 Reflection

    9. Module 4 Portfolio Checklist

    1. Module Five Introduction (3:07)

    2. Video and Discussion (5:10)

    3. Critical Steps for Arranging Content (4:55)

    4. Module 5 Mid-Module Reflection

    5. Crafting the Story of Your Course (6:18)

    6. Selecting Anchoring and Subconcepts (6:32)

    7. Drafting Conceptual & Compelling Questions (3:36)

    8. Module 5 Reflection

    9. Module 5 Portfolio Checklist

About this course

  • $149.00
  • 86 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content


Erin Leininger

Erin Leininger is the Middle School Curriculum Coordinator at International School Manila. She has a Doctor of Education Leadership and is the co-author of the book Teaching Adolescent English Language Learners. She has taught diverse groups of adolescents in national and international contexts, including California, Rhode Island, Kuwait, China, and the Philippines. She is passionate about the science of teaching and learning and is dedicated to fostering collaborative, innovative, and reflective learning environments for both teachers and students. She also holds a certificate of International School Leadership from the Principals’ Training Center, a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish Literature.

Julie Stern

Julie Stern is passionate about creating practical tools for educators to design learning that promotes sustainability, equity, and well-being. She is a four-time, best-selling author of Learning that Transfers, Visible Learning for Social Studies, The On-Your-Feet-Guide to Learning Transfer, and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary. She is a certified trainer in Visible Learning Plus & Concept-Based Curriculum & Instruction. She is a James Madison Constitutional Fellow, previously served as Director of Curriculum Innovation for a network of schools, and taught social studies for many years. Julie moves internationally every few years with her family.

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Design learning experiences that use the knowledge and skills of additional language acquisition to help our students make sense of the world and respond to its complex problems.

  • Explain why education needs to evolve and articulate how the ACT model helps students become adaptable.

  • Build a disciplinary vision for language acquisition that fosters disciplinary literacy.

  • Select Modern Literacies that prepare students to navigate a complex and changing world.

  • Write a story of the course that articulates the disciplinary vision and modern literacies that students will harness to transfer learning.

  • Draft unit plans that foster deep thinking and transfer of learning.

  • Design a summative assessment and a formative assessment plan for learning that transfers.

  • Create an instructional calendar that harnesses the ACT model to move students toward conceptual organization that transfers.

  • Create a lesson plan that helps students become more conscious of their learning and transfer their learning to new situations.


Martin Tremblay

Martin Tremblay a enseigné l’anglais langue seconde pendant 20 ans au Québec avant de devenir conseiller pédagogique et créateur de cours. Pour lui, l’apprentissage des langues amène à comprendre le monde de façon plus empathique en plus de trouver et de donner sa voix pour créer un monde meilleur. Ces valeurs sont au cœur de ses interventions et de ses créations. Martin possède un baccalauréat en enseignement de l’anglais langue seconde en plus d’une majeur en études allemandes et d’un diplôme collégial en langues. Il a coécrit du matériel didactique publié pour l’apprentissage de l’anglais langue seconde. Il est aussi l’un des traducteurs et facilitateurs du cours Apprentissages Transférables.