EDUC-742 Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners

This graduate-level course will examine current research-based methods, strategies, frameworks, and resources in schools for teaching English Language Learners, with an emphasis on both curriculum and assessment. ESL teaching methods will be analyzed and critiqued. Particular emphasis will be placed on the recent developments in content-based, task-based, and critical pedagogies, as well as appropriate assessment principles and techniques. Students will also acquire skills in using technology for instructional purposes. The course includes a concurrent, required field experience (20 hours) where candidates will work with an ELL student to identify their instructional needs through assessment, apply research-based methods to address the student’s needs, and then work with the learner to meet instructional goals. 4 SH.