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Course Number Course Name Credits
TSL 650

The English Language Learner

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.

Prequisites: None

3
TSL 651

The History of US English Instruction

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

Prequisites: None

3
TSL 658

Research in Tesol

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.

Prequisites: None

3
TSL 660

Introduction to Applied Linguistics &Grammar

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.

Prequisites: None

3
TSL 662

Second Language Education

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.

Prequisites: None

3
TSL 663

Tesol Methods I

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 ESL teaching.

Prequisites: None

3
TSL 664

Sociolinguistics & Culture

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.

Prequisites: None

3
TSL 667

Tesol Methods II

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.

Prequisites: TSL-663

3
TSL 668

Practicum in Student Teaching

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.

Prequisites: None

6
TSL 668X

Student Teaching Seminar



Prequisites: None

0
TSL 669

Advanced Observations in Tesol



Prequisites: None

0
TSL 679

Project in Tesol



Prequisites: None

3
TSL 680

English Grammar for Esl Teachers

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.

Prequisites: None

3
TSL 690

Comprehensive Exam



Prequisites: None

0