Area of expertise provided as part of the CIS Affiliated Consultant Network:
- Appraisal and Professional Development (ELL/EAL)
- Curriculum Design and Delivery (ELL/EAL)
Elizabeth Skelton has been working in the field of language education for more than 25 years. She continues to be passionate about language learning and especially about making academic content accessible to English Language Learners. She received her Master’s Degree in Multicultural Teacher Education from the University of New Mexico and taught English as an Additional Language (EAL) at many age levels and in a variety of school settings. From 2010 to 2013, she served as the programme coordinator for EAL and Mother Tongue at the Bavarian International School in Munich, Germany. In 2015, she became a WIDA certified presenter and consultant.
She currently supports schools around the globe in their quest to provide equitable education for English Language Learners and provides professional development for educators across the United States and internationally. Elizabeth has worked with a number of international schools to build their EAL, Mother Tongue programmes and language teaching methodologies including the American Cooperative School of Tunis, the American School of Madrid, Shanghai American School, Leysin American School, and the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon. She has also given keynote addresses and presented workshops at international school conferences including ECIS (European Council of International Schools), MAIS (Mediterranean Association of International Schools), and AGIS (Association of German International Schools).
Elizabeth’s expertise includes Harvard Project Zero, the International Baccalaureate English B course, instructional coaching, the WIDA standards, Marzano’s Strategies that Work for English Language Learners, Kagan Cooperative Learning, and implementing the Common Core for English Language Learners. Elizabeth draws on her vast experience with US and international education to provide differentiated consulting services designed to meet the unique needs of each school or organization. Workshops and consulting focused on the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) often address topics such as building academic language, integrating cooperative learning, developing differentiation strategies for ELLs, and understanding second language acquisition.
Elizabeth has published materials for teaching English Language Learners with the Total Physical Response Storytelling method entitled Putting it Together. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Dutch and French.