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Q: What is ESL and ELs?

A: English as a Second Language (ESL) is the type of endorsement offered by the Maine Department of Education and refers to the instruction that is provided to English Learners (ELs), students whose first language is not English.

Q: What type of work does an ESL endorsed educator do and how does it affect my employability?

A: Teaching ESL is a growing specialty in Maine’s public school systems. Participation in this field varies from part- to full-time ESL instruction, tutoring, or mainstreamed classroom instruction. An ESL endorsement not only provides an opportunity for an individual to work in a new and rewarding capacity, but it may also improve their employability in the Maine public school system.

Q: What classes does Project Reach suggest for an ESL endorsement?

A: If you are pursuing teacher certification or already teacher certified, you are required to obtain fifteen (15) credit hours in ESL coursework to earn your ESL endorsement. The five (5) courses that Project Reach suggests are:

  • Methods: The Teaching of ESL
  • Curriculum and Development in ESL/EFL Contexts
  • Testing and Assessment in ESL/EFL Contexts
  • Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity

Q: Is speaking a foreign language a requirement to take ESL coursework?

A: No, knowing a foreign language is not required but it can be beneficial to have experienced the process of language acquisition in an academic environment.

Q: What is the process to apply for an ESL endorsement once I have completed the requirements?

A: To apply for Endorsement 660 English – Second Language (K-12) through the State of Maine Department of Education, you must obtain an Application for Initial Certification form. The application is available in at: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/index.html. Detailed instructions for requesting a paper application are available at: http://www.maine.gov/education/cert/faq.htm. This site also includes instructions for filling out the paper application and additional information about the application process. You will not be notified if any information is missing from your application so be sure to read the instructions carefully. Incomplete applications will not be processed. If you have any questions or concerns please contact: State of Maine Department of Education Certification Office at 207-624-6603 or cert.doe@maine.gov.

Q: Does the Project provide instruction to individuals to help them learn English as their second language?

A: No. Project Reach does not work directly with ELs to improve their English skills. The Project provides training to in-service and pre-service teachers to assist them in pursuing an ESL endorsement.

Q: Does the Project provide training for individuals who want to teach in a country where English is not the primary language?

A: No. The training that Project Reach provides is designed for individuals who will be educating students in English in a school in the United States of America. The course work material can be modified to teaching English in a country where English is not the primary language, which is considered teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL).


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