2013–2014  Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement Courses

 

TESL 320 English Learners, Family and Community (3)
This course introduces students to foundational theories that impact scholarship and practice of ESOL teachers and learners. The readings will guide students toward a critical perspective of how the teaching and learning process may marginalize students whose primary language is not English. Students will learn historical and legal approaches and policy involving formal schooling for English learners.
       
TESL 322 Language Acquisition and Development (3)
This course examines how languages are learned. Students will discuss prominent language acquisition theories and how these apply in instructed settings, analyze learner language, and explore individual differences in second language learning. In addition, knowledge of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics will be applied to teaching English language learners.
       
TESL 323 Instructional Methods for English Learners (3)
This course will connect second language acquisition theories to research based principles of instruction as they relate to English learners. Students will explore and apply methods and strategies to promote comprehensible interaction in reading, writing and language arts for early childhood, elementary, secondary and adult second language learners. Prerequisites: TESL 321, 322.
       
TESL 324 Content Area Instruction for English Learners (3)
Students will explore and apply methods and strategies to promote comprehensible interaction in the content areas for early childhood, elementary, secondary and adult second language learners. The emphasis of the course is the design of standards-based differentiated lesson plans for English language learners in heterogeneous content area classes as well as sheltered content area courses for secondary students. Prerequisites: TESL 323.
       
TESL 325 Assessment for English Learners (3)
Students will apply content from the Methods and Content Area Instruction courses to develop a rationale for incorporating assessment as an intrinsic and ongoing aspect of the teaching/learning process. Students will learn ways to monitor student progress, place students appropriately, and design authentic assessment for elementary, secondary and adult English language learners. Students will also explore policies and practices of standardized assessments commonly used to assess English language proficiency and academic language development within the context of U.S. public schools. Prerequisites: TESL 323.