Course Description

Throughout this course, participants will observe, reflect upon, and analyze their own beliefs about language, learning, lesson planning, cultural diversity, and lesson implementation. Strategies for lesson differentiation and enhancing classroom management are included. Topics covered include:

  • Approaches in classroom investigation exploring teachers’ beliefs and management style
  • Managing behaviors and promoting positive behaviors
  • The role of teacher
  • Structures of a ELL lesson plan (UDL)
  • Interactions and environments in the classroom(rules, routines, expectations, first day of school)
  • Nature of language learning activities (engaging and including all students)
  • Language use in the classroom
  • Classroom management techniques

This course helps prepare ELL Endorsement candidates for the SPU Field Experience course (EDCN 5730) and must be completed prior to it.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will learn how to apply multiple strategies to evaluate aspects of their teaching and classroom management skills. They will determine areas of potential growth, and will set clear, individualized growth objectives. Teachers will also learn different techniques, managing styles and structures while developing their teaching and management philosophy.


Please note before registering: this course requires four one-hour classroom visits throughout the duration of the course. Candidates are responsible for securing an appropriate classroom to visit.


ELT 5530 "Foundations of English Language Teaching: Theory and Application"

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Section Title
Classroom Issues and Management in Teaching English Language Learners
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition credit (3 units) $495.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Richards, J. C., & Lockhart, C. (1994). Reflective teaching in second language classrooms. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Wong, H. & Wong, R. (2009) The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher. Mountain View, CA: Harry K. Wong Publications, Inc.

Articles and other supplementary material will be located on Canvas

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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