ESL Education (English as a Second Language) (K-12)

The English as a Second Language major is designed to prepare future K-12 ESL teachers. The program provides teachers with knowledge in several foundation disciplines including social work, sociology, political science, history, and foreign language. The ESL curriculum is structured so that students acquire competencies necessary for the overall academic development of non-native English-speaking students. Such competency areas include but are not limited to; language, linguistics, and literacy development, cross-cultural understanding and development, laws and policies affecting the education of ESL students, methods and materials development, and assessment. The goals for majors in the ESL Education Program are as follows:

1. To develop a comprehensive understanding of the structure and usage of social and academic forms of English language and serve as a model for non-native speakers.

2. To demonstrate understanding of language acquisition and literacy development and develop literacy in non-native English-speaking students.

3. To understand research and theories about cultural variation, value diversity as a resource and understand how it affects the school experience for ESL students.

4. To understand a variety of assessments as they relate to the education of non-native English-speaking students.

5. To apply effective methods, practices, and strategies based on sound theories and research to plan, implement, and evaluate the teaching of ESL and the academic standard course of study.

6. To identify, choose, and adapt a wide range of materials, resources and technologies in ESL and content instruction.

7. To advocate for ESL students and programs and to serve as a model to others by encouraging communication and partnerships among students, families, communities and schools.

8. To understand and stay current on laws, regulations, and policies at the federal, state, and local levels that relate to serving ESL students.