TELA Resources for Teachers

Supporting English Learners Literacy through Using Visual Arts.

Color Theory- The Principals of Color

Ms. Priscilla Ortiz- Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
  • Color theory is both the science and art of color
  • Language is emphasized utilizing a word and images related to that word to help develop word association and language
  • Along with language, basic color theory is the underlying common goal

Constructionist Drawing 101- How Line and Language Combine in Classical Drawing

Mr. Ray Vargas- Laguna College of Art and Design
  • Constructionism is a very structured approach to learning the basics of classical drawing
  • Understanding key vocabulary terms is essential to grasping these drawing concepts
  • Without comprehension of these terms and concepts, drawing proficiency and language development are limited

Integration of Dance and Movement Content

Ms. Peggy Burt- Teaching Artist

NCELA Teaching Practice Brief and Podcast for Science and Engineering Teachers

These resources are the first in a series of briefs and podcasts that are designed to highlight promising practices for educators and other staff who support English learners (ELs) and their families with English language acquisition and the maintenance of native languages.

"Seeing Double"

Adriana Mitre- 2nd grade teacher- Los Altos Elementary, HLPUSD. During school closures due to COVID-19, teachers found a way to connect students to TELA and working with materials they had at home. The teachers used this exercise in second grade to help students express their feelings.

Teaching English Language Learners: Effective Instructional Practices

This module helps teachers understand second language acquisition, the importance of academic English, and instructional practices that will enhance learning for English Learners (est. completion time: 2 hours).

TELA Music - Experience the Sound!

Ruth Baskett - Project Director III, LACOE
Bobbi Houtchens - Consultant

TELA Music Workshop PPT

Ruth Baskett - Project Director III, LACOE
Bobbi Houtchens - Curriculum Consultant


Essential Strategy: Creative Use of Vocal Sounds
Body Percussion, Patterns, Language
Andrew Grueschow, Teaching Artist

Thinglink Music


Visual Arts & ELD: Using Art to Teach Reading Comprehension

Dr. Veronica Alvarez – Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  • Seeing and reflecting on a work of art requires time
  • Creating meaning occurs individually and collectively
  • Discussing a work of art with others can enhances one’s understanding of the work.
  • These skills can transfer to reading and writing