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.