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

Bachelor of Arts

The program coordinator for ESL is Dr. Tom Destino; Nash Hall; Room 307; tdestino@mhu.edu; 828-689-1182.

All students must be formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP) for English As A Second Language.  Please contact the program coordinator and Teacher Education Program (TEP) for further information about admission requirements and the admission process (828-689-1204; llink@mhu.edu).  Students should consult with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina State Board of Education for information pertaining to the Praxis I Core Academic Skills Tests for admission and the Praxis II for teaching licensure.  Please consult the Academic Catalog for education courses and requirements.

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 ESL program provides future teachers with knowledge in several foundation disciplines including social work, sociology, political science, history, and foreign language.

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.