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English as a Second Language (ESL)
Course Descriptions

Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, College of Education and Human Development


ESL 3003  Language and Schooling
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of the principles of linguistics as they relate to language in education, particularly for bilingual and second language learners. Attention is given to linguistics approaches to development of oral language and literacy skills.

ESL 3023  Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–6
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Application of principles of second language acquisition to promote content-area learning and academic-language development for English language learning (ELL) students in Pre-K to sixth-grade classrooms. Particular attention on methods and strategies for planning, implementing and assessing effective instruction for ELL students. Field experience required.

ESL 3033  Foundations of English as a Second Language
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Historical, theoretical, and policy foundations of ESL education. Application of research findings to planning and implementing effective programs for ESL students. Use and interpretation of formal and informal assessments to plan and adapt instruction for ESL students. Strategies for creating effective multicultural/multilingual learning environments. Advocating for ESL students and facilitating family and community involvement.

ESL 3053  Literacy in a Second Language
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Application of theories of second language acquisition to promote ESL students’ literacy development. Methods, strategies, and techniques for designing, implementing, and assessing effective reading and writing lessons for ESL students. Design and evaluation of appropriate materials for literacy instruction. Field experience required.

ESL 3063  Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Application of principles of second language acquisition to promote content-area learning and academic-language development for English language learning (ELL) students in grades 4 and higher. Particular attention is placed on methods and strategies for planning, implementing and assessing effective instruction for adolescent ELL students. Field experience required.

ESL 4003  Approaches to Second Language Teaching
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of all requirements for admission to the Teacher Certification Program.
Study of methods, instructional strategies and materials for teaching ESL students with beginning to advanced levels of proficiency. Focus on planning, implementing, and assessing developmentally appropriate ESL instruction in learner-centered classrooms. Particular focus on strategies and techniques for promoting students’ communicative competence in English. Up to 20 hours of directed field experience are required.

ESL 4013  Principles of First and Second Language Acquisition
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of first and second language acquisition. Application of this knowledge to promote students’ language development in English and to promote teachers’ abilities to assess language proficiencies.

ESL 4953 Special Studies in English as a Second Language
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. To apply credit earned in ESL 4953 toward a minor, consent of the academic advisor in the COEHD Advising and Certification Center is required.