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The characteristics and challenges of English language learners will be explored.
Attention will be given to the development of reading fluency and written communications
in the content areas with second language learners. Language assessments including
the SOLOM will be studied.
This course will review the patterns of immigration and the history of non-English
settlement in the U.S. since initial settlement by English colonist. Under review
will be the various, laws, policies and instructional programs which have been adopted
in the interest of providing instruction to non-English speaking communities. Also
considered will be the impact these policies and initiative had on influencing social
trends and attitudes and the ways in which these either aided or inhibited the successful
integration of non-English speaking individuals into American society
This course is designed to provide students with a framework for critically analyzing
research focused in ESL. Students are expected to be able to read, understand, and
apply research related to ESL in particular and to the field of education in general.
Unique contextual factors and populations in both general and special education are
discussed in terms of their implications for research conceptualization, design and
implementation, interpretation, and reporting.
This course provides an introduction to the study of applied linguistics. Students
will learn the basic concepts of linguistics as they apply to teaching English Language
Learners: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, language
and identy, language change, and language and culture. While these concepts are presented
with a view to understanding the linguistic structure of English (grammar and lexicon),
students are also exposed to structures of language other than English as a practical
experience to teaching in an ESL classroom.
This course examines theories, research, and pedagogical approaches related with language
learning and development, with major emphasis on second language acquisition for the
students to apply knowledge in actual teaching and research. Topics covered include
second language acquisition terminology, various theoretical perspectives, learner
errors, developmental patterns, pragmatics, sociocultural variables, learning strategies,
classroom interactions, and formal and informal instruction.
This course provides an overview of teaching English to speakers of other languages
(TESOL) approaches and methods. It examines current practices in TESOL. Students are
introduced to materials in the field and these materials are examined for their effectiveness
in helping English language learners across general curricular areas. Topics covered
include an historical overview of language teaching methodology; current interactive
teaching methods; teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking along with integrated
approaches. Other topics covered include negotiated language learning, critical pedagogy,
participatory language teaching, the language experience approach, and literature-based
This course provides an overview of sociolinguistics as a discipline that examines
linguistic, multicultural, and social concerns. The effect of language and dialect
differences on societies is discussed as well as topics such as diglossia, bilingualism,
language attitudes, language loyalties, and language shift. The influence of social
factors on language policy in education is also explored. Students are expected to
acquire a broad familiarity with issues in multicultural, multilingual speech communities,
particularly in relation to how these issues affect teaching in an ESL classroom.
This course examines current TESOL practices in teaching language development within
the subject area context. The course introduces students to content based ESL instructional
approaches and the importance of simultaneous development of language skills and content
area knowledge. Other topics covered include the needs of diverse learners, ELLs with
special needs, SLIFE, bilingual education, assessments, and language policy and regulations.
This course provides future ESL teachers with a comprehensive overview of English
grammar, concentrating on parts of speech and sentence structure. The linguistic concepts
are studied with an eye toward their practical application in teaching English Language
Learners (ELLs), and we will also examine a range of methods and technology for teaching
grammar in ESL classrooms. Secondary topics include the history of the English language;
English orthography and spelling system; dialect differences; and register variation
in speech and writing, according to audience and purpose.
This seminar is designed to discuss expectations, effective planning, problems, issues
and concerns related to student teaching. The seminar class meets four times during
the student teaching placement.