Course Description

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.

Learner Outcomes

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. 

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Section Title
Foundations of English Language Teaching: Theory and Application
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition credit (3 units) $495.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Brinton, D. M., & Celce-Murcia, M., & Snow, M. A. (Ed.). (2012). Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Heinle Cengage Learning.

Peercy, M. M., Tigert, J. M., Fredricks, D. E., & Faltis, C. J. (2023). Core practices for teaching multilingual students: Humanizing pedagogies for equity. Teachers College Press.? 

Section Notes

Course is self-paced. Completion time: Up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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