Course Descriptions — Bilingual/ESL Education

EDU 3110 Foundations for Language Minority Education (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on the theoretical foundations of bilingual and English as a second language education. Historical trends and legal issues related to the education of language minority children in United States will be discussed as well as effective instructional practices for English Language Learners in our schools. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)

EDU 3120 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (3 semester hours)
This course will focus on approaches and techniques to teach English as a second language. It will cover how to teach academic content in English to ELLs at different levels of English proficiency. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience) Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education, including passing the Basic Skills Tests and maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.75. In addition a) passing a FBI National Screening that encompasses passing a TB Test and successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2100 and EDU 2260.

EDU 3130 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching ELLs (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on the relationship between language, culture and cultural awareness in the teaching and learning of language minority children. It will cover social, political and cultural issues affecting selected ethnic groups and the need of appropriate teaching strategies for a diverse population in today’s classrooms. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)

EDU 3140 Assessment of Bilingual Students (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on language assessment tools used to identify, place and monitor the English language proficiency and academic development of ELLs. Emphasis will be placed on the use of assessment instruments in the teaching and learning of ELL students. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)

EDU 3150 Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners (3 semester hours)
This course covers the nature and functions of language: phonology, morphology, syntax, analysis, and application of linguistic theory. It also includes theories and processes during first and second language acquisition. Students will study the role of the first language in learning a second language and how it applies to teaching ELLs. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)

EDU 3170 Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs in Bilingual Programs (3 semester hours)
This course focus in the theoretical basis, methods and techniques needed to teach in bilingual classrooms and how to develop and deliver lessons that take into consideration the linguistic abilities (in L1-L2) and the academic development of ELL students. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)