Teaching English Language Learners: Culture, Theory, and Methods
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The intent of this program is to introduce undergraduate students to the foundational theories, research and strategies specific to teaching English language learners (ELLs) in adult and K-12 classroom or international settings. This program focuses on culture, language acquisition theory, literacy and curriculum development and assessment. Students will explore the history, program models and practices of K-12 ELL education in the United States. Students will consider how ELLs lived experiences influence the language learning. In addition, they will be introduced to the central theories presented in language acquisition research.
Our program will also focus on the study of language as a system with an emphasis on literacy, development and assessment based on Washington’s K-12 English Language Development competencies and/or the TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language) standards for adult ELLs. Among the topics addressed will be ELL methods for teaching and developing literacy, conversational and academic language (BICS and CALP), and instruction in the four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will learn the principles of backward design lesson planning and present lesson demonstrations with an emphasis in providing ELLs comprehensible input and output.
To successfully participate in this program fall quarter students need access to a computer, internet, Microsoft office, and Google suites. Students should expect to use Zoom and Canvas for synchronous meetings. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.
Credits per quarter
- Fall Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
- Winter: Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
$50 fall quarter for access to a remote educational conference and $100 in winter for Tacoma/Seattle Social Justice Conferences & Museum visits.
Class Size: 37
Located in: Olympia