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ESL Endorsement - ESL Course Descriptions

  • Methods The Teaching of English as a Second Language (ELL 470 / 570) – Includes the basic principles underlying ESL pedagogy, current ESL trends, techniques for teaching students at different levels and minority students.  Students will review published materials, develop activities, plan lessons, and compile a teaching portfolio. (usually offered face-to-face during the fall semester and face-to-face during one week of the summer).
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity for ESL/EFL Contexts (ELL 491 / 591)- Designed for educators to develop an understanding and appreciation of diversity in all its aspects, develop methods to incorporate multiculturalism into curriculum, and explore diverse approaches to pedagogy. (usually offered face-to-face during one week of the summer).
  • Curriculum and Development in ESL/EFL Contexts (ELL 475 / 575) – Intensively reviews curriculum development principles important in contexts where instructional content is made appropriate for language learners. These principles will be applied to develop or adapt a curriculum for a specific ESL or EFL context. Prerequisite: ELL 470/570 Methods Course (usually offered online during the fall semester and face-to-face during one week of the summer).
  • Testing and Assessment in ESL/EFL Contexts (ELL 480 / 580)- Develops an understanding of second language evaluation and assessment.  Examines the various types of evaluation instruments available, helps students develop reliable and valid evaluation instruments, and explores language minority student placement and diagnosis. Prerequisite: ELL 470/570 Methods Course (usually offered online during the spring semester and face-to-face during one week of the summer).
  • Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition Principles for ESL/EFL (ELL 485 / 585) - Focuses on the understanding of the phonological and grammatical aspects of the English language from the perspective of the ESL teacher and the language learner.   Students will explore various techniques and methods for teaching English grammar and pronunciation as well as analyze the language of non-native speakers through recorded interviews. Prerequisite: ELL 470/570 Methods Course (usually offered face-to-face during one week of the summer).
  • Science and the English Language Learner - Explores theoretical foundations of second language acquisition as related to science, including curriculum design, instructional issues, practice related to the integration of science, and ESL development. Will also examine contextual, social, and linguistic factors that influence the learning of science. This course is not approved at the State level for ESL Endorsement pathway #2 but is approved for pathway #3.
  • Mathematics and the ESL Learner – Explores theoretical foundations of second language acquisition as related to mathematics.  The theoretical foundations will include curriculum design, instructional issues, practice related to the integration of mathematics, and English as a Second Language development. The course will also exam contextual, social, and linguistic factors which influence the learning of mathematics.  This course will emphasis on activity theories and equity in schooling. This course is not approved at the State level for ESL Endorsement pathway #2 but is approved for pathway #3.


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