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 is required for the WA State ELL Endorsement (Area One: Language and Literacy Development).

Course Outline

Participants will complete 9 modules during the course. Typically, each of these modules include reading and view assignments, followed by several writing and application assignments. These assignments vary and include reading reflections, essays, discussion forums, observations and so on. The final project is a unit plan, based on a language objective. The general outline of the course is as follows:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Language Acquisition
  • Module 2: Second Language Acquisition and English Language Teaching
  • Module 3: SWBATs & ARPEE
  • Module 4: Functional Language & Reception
  • Module 5: Reception Pieces
  • Module 6: Production (Emphasis on Speaking)
  • Module 7: Production (Emphasis on Writing)
  • Module 8: Extension & Evaluation
  • Module 9: Putting it All Together in a Unit Plan

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be able to understand theories of second language acquisition
  • Have developed skills to enhance language acquisition in students
  • Be able to sequence activities for maximum language acquisition
  • Be able to develop unit plans which apply theories to an instructional setting
  • Be able to critique units or language acquisition classes



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
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.

Lewis, M. & Hill, J. (1992). Practical Techniques for Language Teaching. Hove, England: Language Teaching Publications.

Section Notes

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

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 3 days of enrollment will receive a 100% refund. Withdrawal requests submitted within 21 days of enrollment will receive a 95 percent refund. No refunds will be given after 21 days, and no withdrawals will be accepted after the end date of the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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