The five required courses are offered in a fall-spring-summer rotation. It is preferred that you finish the courses in this sequence.
- ENG 620 English Linguistics for Educators (3 credit hours)
You will gain a basic grasp of fundamental linguistic principles, key features of the sound system, vocabulary, and grammatical structure of English in contrast with languages commonly spoken by English language learners (ELLs) in Indiana and in relation to typical learner errors, and selected cultural aspects of language use. In addition to the knowledge in fundamental linguistics, you will also develop critical and analytical skills for applying the linguistic knowledge gained to issues in pedagogy and educational research.
- ENG 616 Introduction to Theories of Language Learning (3 credit hours)
This course introduces basic theories of language learning, with a primary focus on English as a second language learning. We will examine linguistic, psychological, and sociocultural factors that influence language learning success with relevant language-learning research. The overall objectives of this course are to understand the basic mechanisms and phenomena of second language learning and to apply that understanding to teaching.
- ENG 617 Methods in Teaching English Language Learners (3 credit hours)
The purpose of this course is to apply and practice principles of language learning to help linguistically and culturally diverse students acquire the academic and social language skills they need in order to become participating members of their schools and communities. Applying second-language acquisition principles, and examining evidence-based methods and strategies for instruction, you will develop and implement practical techniques and materials that address the language acquisition challenges of English language learners.
- ENG 619 Assessment in TESOL (3 credit hours)
This course will explore different methods of assessing language performance in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Assessment of different language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, writing, reading, grammar) will be considered. Both quantitative and qualitative, formal and informal, measures will be covered. We will evaluate our assessments in validity, reliability, and practicality to create a strong assessment portfolio.
- ENG 633 Practicum in TESOL (3 credit hours)
In this capstone course, you reflect on your own development as a teacher through the program as well as learn to critique colleagues to aid in the continual improvement of their own and others’ teaching practice. This practicum course is conducted much like the “live” courses are conducted. You must submit a practicum proposal outlining the situation within which you will teach, your proposed goals for the practicum, and your plans for adaptation throughout. Once you have gotten approval for your proposal, you can begin work. If you have English language learners in your own classroom, you are allowed to use your own classroom. Additionally, you are required to videotape yourself weekly and upload the video for critique and response from classmates and the instructor.