EDUC-442 Language Teaching Foundations

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to current research-based methods, strategies, frameworks and resources in K-12 ESL education, with an emphasis on both curriculum and assessment components. The course offers a critical overview of a variety of ESL teaching methods, with the focus on recent developments in content-based, task-based, and critical pedagogies, in addition to appropriate assessment principles and techniques. Students will also explore a variety of ways to use technology for instructional purposes. The course includes a concurrent, required field experience (20 hours total; two observation hours per week) where candidates will work with an ELL in the field, identify their instructional needs through assessment and then work with the learner to meet instructional needs through different forms of curriculum. Prerequisite EDUC-350. 4 SH.