2016-2017 Graduate Catalog

EDUA 5720 Teaching ESL

English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, with one in five public school students coming from a home where English is not the primary language . These statistics are projected to increase as the United States becomes more diverse. Teaching language acquisition skills is no longer the sole job of English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers. Educators at every level and in every subject need to be prepared to meet the needs of this growing population of students. This hands-on course offers a teacher resources designed to maximize learning for ELLs. This is a course both for ESL teachers and for general education or subject area teachers that would like to gain effective, research-based best practices for fostering the personal and academic success of ELLs.

The teacher will learn practical strategies to encourage active involvement of his or her ESL students, techniques for helping with language development, strategies for literacy development, and ways to modify his or her content instruction for ELLs. This course also provides strategies for using technology to support and scaffold learning for English language learners. Finally, teachers will learn tips for differentiating instruction and assessments for ELLs and forging a positive, culturally inclusive classroom environment.