The online ESL certificate is a convenient program for licensed teachers or administrators in Florida or Louisiana who are interested in working with ESL students inside or outside the classroom. Teachers who complete this certificate program are offered the preparation to become leaders in the ESL/TESOL initiatives that districts undertake in an increasingly diverse school climate.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|TSL-534||Methods of Teaching English & Grammar to Speakers of Other Languages||In this course, students are instructed in immersion strategies, English language development strategies, and numerous research-based methodologies in current practice. Students examine ways of organizing the classroom for optimal language learning, including especially cooperative learning. In the course setting, they also develop, practice, and assess language lessons that align with state and national standards for teaching English language learners.||4|
|TSL-540||Curriculum Development and Assessment||Teachers must be course developers as well as designers of instruction for daily and weekly lessons. In this course, students compare Sheltered Immersion Observation Protocol (SIOP) and Understanding by Design (UbD). They also fully examine assessment for the purposes of identification, placement, and instructional delivery. They subsequently design and fully develop the materials for a language unit that aligns with the state and national standards and current assessment practices.||4|
|TSL-545||Teaching in a Pluralistic Society||To be an effective educator, one needs knowledge of how student diversity affects and influences instruction. This course gives attention to instructional models that have proven successful with students from diverse linguistic, cultural, racial, ethnic, economic, and intellectual backgrounds. It presents the major goals, principles, and concepts of multicultural education, including multiple perspectives in culture and history, as well as understanding cultural and individual differences in teaching and learning.||4|
|TSL-536||English Linguistics||This course familiarizes students with the fundamentals of linguistic theory, including the morphological, phonological, and syntactic structure of the English language. Other topics introduced are pragmatics, semantics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, and first and second language acquisition. Although emphasis is placed on descriptive analysis of the English language, examples and illustrations from several language systems are used.||4|
|Required Course Total Credit:||16|
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
The dynamic capabilities of GCU’s online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.