English as a Second Language

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The pedagogy of language acquisition is of extreme importance in today’s classrooms and businesses. The English Second Language post-master’s certificate will help you develop a knowledge base to build successful programs that enhance the learning of the English language, assess skills of diverse students and design instruction with bilingual materials.

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Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

Course Code

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Course Description

ESL7001-8

Instructional Practices

Principles and theoretical base of ESL Instruction as they relate to improving instructional practices. Emphasizes research findings and recommended practices.

ESL7002-8

Cultural Diversity

In this course, students will obtain awareness of both the cognitive knowledge, analysis, and synthesis skills necessary to reflectively interact with and/or serve or lead culturally diverse populations. This course will particularly emphasize effective leadership knowledge, skills, attitudes, and dispositions that are essential in effective professional relationships. Additionally, it will focus on those whose diversity is cultural and who are more likely to be encountered by the students taking the course.

ESL7003-8

Evaluation of Diverse students

In this course, students will focus on practices in assessing K-12 learners from diverse cultures and with diverse abilities. Students in this class learn assessment practices that lead to plans for supporting age appropriate development in ways that are individually and culturally relevant for families and practitioners and that are consistent with current recommended practices in the field of K-12 education.

ESL7004-8

Bilingual Instructional Methods

In this course, students will be provided a framework for instruction of students whose primary language is one other than English. Constructivist paradigms will be utilized to provide relevant theoretical and practical information related to bilingual instructional methods with a goal of development of cultural competence and cultural respect for students growing up in a bilingual world.

ESL7005-8

Developing Curriculum for ESL students

This Doctoral level course prepares ESOL teachers to develop curriculum for their students. It includes a general overview of curriculum design, the basics of second language curricular needs and how to adapt the content curriculum for ELL students, with emphasis on integrating language and content by means of thematic units. Different types of ESOL programs and plans will be studied. Students will also learn how to evaluate and adapt materials for ELL students.

ESL7007-8

Second Language Foundations

The Doctoral level course will prepare teachers to: assess the needs of English Language students (ELL) and develop curriculum materials and effective teaching methods for ELLs enrolled in both Structured English Immersion programs and mainstream classes. Students will examine critically the theoretical foundations and recent research findings that inform second language classroom practices.

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