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Foundations and Methods of English Language 

Emerging, Expanding, Bridging

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to explore best practices for teaching English Language Learners (ELL’s) in the K – 12 classroom. Current research-based theories of second language acquisition; the differences between first & second language; & literacy development. Topics include cognitive, linguistic, socio- cultural & affective factors that affect language learning in children of diverse backgrounds; use of

the ELPAC in instructional planning to promote both language development & academic achievement; and research-based approaches & methods for English language development. Students will learn to deliver comprehensible instruction to English Learners in the context of three instructional models: English Language Development (ELD), Content-based ELD & Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE).

Course Objectives and Expected Outcomes: 

In this course candidates will:

  • Develop a sound knowledge base of theories of second language acquisition and factors involved

    in second language learning.

  • Research legal requirements concerning the education of English Learners in a school district of


  • Read about and view demonstrations of effective strategies and activities used in ELD, SDAIE,

    and literacy instruction.

  • Plan lessons using knowledge of content and ELD standards, and appropriate English Language Development (ELD) and content-based instruction (SDAIE) activities.

  • Apply a variety of assessments when evaluating English Learner’s progress.

  • Understand the SIOP model and how to implement strategies in the classroom

  • Create a summative course project which will demonstrate understanding and synthesize all of the course objectives.

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