ENGL 509: INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN SCHOOLS:
This course offers a serious exposure to the grammar of Standard American English and some of the cultural factors that may affect ESL students' communicative competence in English.
ENGL 528: ESOL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS: This course introduces students to the area of language tests and evaluating standardized assessment instruments. The aim is to familiarize students with the basis of assessment and the most effective way to prepare LEP students to engage in standardized tests.
ENGL 532: LITERACY AND ESOL READING: The course examines the theories of reading in a second language. Various Models for the effective Acquisition of reading/literacy skills in a second language will constitute an important element of the course as will be improving reading achievement scores for standardized state and national tests for LEP students in rural schools. Students will have to develop a project demonstrating their county’s plan to do this as a county representative.
ENGL 533: ESOL PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT: This course introduces students to the theory and practice involved in developing and implementing ESOL programs in public schools with diverse newcomer language learners (K-12). In exploring the complexities involved in planning, developing, and implementing an ESOL program, students will be made aware of educational law, funding priorities, as well as the cultural and socio-political factors impacting programmatic and curricular decisions both at the macro level (county, statewide and national) and the micro level (school policies, plans and personnel configurations). The course affords students the opportunity to explore the complexities involved in developing and implementing innovative ESOL programs, and sensitizes students to the cultural conflicts and biases, both social and linguistic, faced by newcomer, multilingual students. To prepare teachers for the actual writing and implementing of an ESOL program where needed, students will be exposed to current program models in the United States, Canada, Eastern Europe, Romania in particular, and Australia.
ENGL 534: LITERACY AND ESOL WRITING: The course examines the theories of writing/rhetorical expertise in a second language. Various Models for the effective Acquisition of written/rhetorical skills in a second language will constitute an important element of the course as will be improving writing achievement scores for standardized state and national tests for LEP students in rural schools. Students will have to develop a project demonstrating their county’s plan to do improve their LEP students’ writing potential.
ENGL 536: PRINCIPLES OF LINGUISTICS: A detailed study of the primary-linguistic systems, including phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax and pragmatics. Students as in all courses will be required to apply the learned-linguistic concepts to practical- language learning problems in their rural LEP populations.
ENGL 539: SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition theory and the application of second language acquisition theory to teaching practices and curricular/program models in rural counties.
ENGL 547: CURRENT METHODS IN ESOL INSTRUCTION: This course examines the philosophy, aims and methods of teaching English as a second language in grades K-12 with a strong emphasis on theories, techniques and methods of key utility to rural ESOL programs. As likely ESOL-coordinators, students in this course will also have to learn to develop a battery of assessment techniques to assess the efficacy of teaching methods to be adopted by their respective rural counties.
ENGL 591: TOPICS IN LITERACY AND ESOL LISTENING: This course introduces students interested in questions of language acquisition to the theories and practices relating to learning through listening in another language. Topics include models for acquiring listening skills, teaching strategies for second language literacy development through listening, evaluating listening media materials, evaluating listening development, current research on second language literacy development, and the political and social implications of second language literacy particularly as it pertains to listening.
ENGL 591: TOPICS IN LITERACY AND ESOL SPEAKING: This course aims to acquaint students with the theories, approaches, methods, and specific techniques concerning the teaching of English as a second language. In effect, it explores the relationship between second language acquisition theory and research on the one hand, and actual classroom language learning and instruction on the other.