Course Description

Examination of specific second language instructional approaches (Communicative, Content-Based, Situated Learning) and methodologies (ELD, SDAIE) and use of instructional materials in elementary schools. Demonstration and integration of the most effective age-appropriate strategies, techniques, resources, and technology applications for all students, especially English Language Learners.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and explain historical, legal, and political, sociological, and legislative foundations of educational programs for English Learners; governmental requirements for program implementation; and empowerment and equity issues related to the education of English Learners (CTEL Test 2, Domain 2, 004).
  • Identify and describe the impact of district and school philosophies on educational policies, programs, and practices for English Learners; required program components and their effectiveness (CTEL Test 2, Domain 2, 004).
  • Identify, describe, and explain links between oral and written language; personal factors and pedagogical factors affecting English language literacy development; and effective approaches and scaffolding practices for developing English proficiency across the curriculum in elementary schools (CTEL Test 2, Domain 2, 005).
  • Describe and explain levels of English Language development and their significance for instructional planning, organization, and delivery for ELD and SDAIE, as well as the importance of organizing daily ELD instruction, objectives, and assessments around standards and student-centered learning in elementary school classrooms (CTEL Test 2, Domain 2, 006)
  • Identify, describe, and assess the most advantageous processes, resources, and strategies for English Language Development that could be applied in elementary school classrooms, including stimulating classroom environments, student-grouping, paraprofessionals, and family and community involvement. (CTEL Test 2, Domain 2, 006).
  • Identify, describe, and evaluate culturally responsive, age-appropriate, and linguistically accessible materials and resources that are suitable to English Learners' developing language and content-area abilities, including technological resources (Test 2, Domain 2, 008)
  • Apply strategies for identifying the difficulty level of the academic language required for a given language or content-area task, as well as scaffolding strategies and strategies for checking for comprehension; provide explicit instruction in learning strategies and content-specific discourse skills (CTEL Test 2, Domain 2, 007).
  • Explain, distinguish, and apply current research-based ELD approaches, strategies for promoting communicative interactions, implicit and explicit instruction for grammar development, and the implementation of content-based ELD. (CTEL Test 2, Domain 3, 009)
  • Plan and design a lesson based on state adopted ELD and academic content standards that demonstrates a variety of efficient strategies (including SDAIE), materials, and technology applications, pedagogical practices, sequencing, scaffolding, and differentiated instruction that addresses listening, speaking, reading, and writing for English Language Learners at different proficiency levels in a elementary school classroom (CTEL Test 2, Domain 3, 009, 010, 011, 012)
  • Teach an exemplary lesson based on state adopted ELD and academic content standards that demonstrates a variety of efficient strategies (including SDAIE), materials, and technology applications, pedagogical practices, sequencing, scaffolding, and differentiated instruction that addresses listening, speaking, reading, and writing for English Language Learners at different proficiency levels in an elementary school classroom (CTEL Test 2, Domain 3, 009, 010, 011, 012)
  • Utilize and evaluate applied SDAIE and ELD techniques to develop students' academic language proficiency (speaking, listening, reading, writing) in elementary school settings. (CTEL Test 2, Domain 3, 012)
  • Integrate Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) community-based activities, and other culturally responsive methods of ESL instruction into their teaching practice. (CTEL Test 2, Domain 2, 008; CTEL Test 2, Domain 3, 012)

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