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English Language Learners (ELLs) are a diverse group from many different backgrounds, with many different native languages, who represent a growing part of the U.S. student body. If you’d like to develop better instructional strategies for accommodating students whose native language is not English, Concordia’s Transformative Practices for English Language Learners is the ideal certificate program. Providing opportunities to master best practices in instruction and assessment, this online certificate program will also help you understand the linguistic and cultural elements of learning a language along with current issues in the field of English to Speakers of Other Language (ESOL).
Please note that completing this certificate program does not lead to state certification or licensure. In some cases, coursework may apply toward the renewal of a teacher’s license.
This course helps students develop skills needed to teach English to speakers of other languages. These skills include the ability to implement various methods of language teaching, the ability to develop curriculum materials in ESOL, the assessment of student proficiency in second language use, and the ability to involve parents and the community in second language education programs.
This course provides an introduction to language as a system emphasizing the interconnectedness between linguistics and PreK-12 teaching and learning. Students explore the principles necessary to teach language, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Emphasis is placed on the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). The course is designed to assist candidates in making linguistically informed decisions about first and second language teaching. Additionally, candidates are introduced to various grammar points that may pose difficulty for English language learners. The course covers various aspects of language from a historical, cultural and sociolinguistic perspective.
This course examines various factors, concepts, and theories about first and second language acquisition processes and their interrelationship with each other and the teaching/learning process. Additional topics include Oregon’s English Language Proficiency Standards, the Forms and Functions of language targeted in state assessments, and the impact of language proficiency on evaluation for TAG and Special Education services.
This course will present an overview, rationale and framework for assessment of English-learners at the PreK-12 level. Students will be introduced to the variables that come into play when assessing students whose native language is not English. The primary focus is assessment of English-learners for identification, program placement, and exiting from service. Also covered will be identification of all ELL students for Special Education and TAG, ongoing language proficiency assessments, standards-based assessment measures, and classroom-based assessments.
Course identifies and analyzes major trends and issues impacting the contemporary local, state and national educational scenes related to ESOL. Uses critical review and discussion of controversial issues and contemplation of the most current legal case law decisions shaping ESOL policy, leadership decision-making and accountability in the provision of equitable educational opportunities on behalf of ESOL students.
Please note that completing this certificate program does not lead to state certification or licensure. This certificate is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.