Certificate of Completion in English as a Second Language (ESL)
Program Core Courses
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.
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.
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.
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.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.