This course addresses the general principles of how learners acquire a new language and establishes a framework for English Language Teaching. The framework and the principles are applied to the language classroom through unit plan development. This course meets requirements for the WA State ELL Endorsement.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Understand the accepted theories of learning and cognition within in a TESOL framework
- Understand the history of a variety of ELT methods and common traditional theories and practices
- Understand theories of First and Second Language Acquisition and be able to explain and apply them to CLT
- Understand and apply a variety of modern ELL centered approaches for input, output activities that practice core language skills
- Develop and practice pragmatic skills to enhance language acquisition in students and create theoretically sound sequenced activities for maximum language acquisition
- Develop unit plans, which apply learned SLA theories to a CLT instructional setting with a focus on fluency
- Through unit plan creation and academic discussion critique a variety of sequenced unit plans for language acquisition classes
- Prepare unit plans for various student-types and various language objectives, which reflect the application of language acquisition theory
There is no requirement for contact with a group of English Language Learners (ELLs) during this course, but should such contact exist, participants will have the opportunity to connect the contents of this course with those learners through assignments.
According to the Washington Administrative Code (WAC): an individual must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to earn credit toward the course work required for the approved endorsement program.