Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)

TELL Curriculum/Course Offerings

Program Requirements

The Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Program of Study Certificate consists of five, three-credit classes (15 credits total):

  • Second Language Development Theory, RE 602, 3 credits – Focuses on facilitating teachers’ understanding of language and language use, especially as it pertains to learning and teaching with emerging bilingual K-12 students. It introduces linguistic topics such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, as well as the interdisciplinary areas of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.

  • Language, Literacy, and Culture, RE 603, 3 credits – Explores various social, cultural, and political aspects of language and language use, such as ideology, identity, language change/variations/dialects, and classroom discourse. Students examine philosophies and theories of bilingual education policy, practice, and research; topics include second language acquisition, English-only mandates, testing practices, and curricular programs.

  • Methods for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, RE 604, 3 credits – Focuses on the theories and methods of second language teaching and learning, and develops skills in applying those methods to classroom practice through lesson plan development and demonstration. Students explore the techniques, strategies and materials for delivering ESOL focused instruction across the content areas. Students develop appropriate, research-based teaching strategies for application across language proficiency levels and grade spans.

  • Foundations of Literacy Instruction, RE510, 3 credits – Students analyze and explore topics including various theories, processes, and models of reading; definitions of literacy; knowledge of language and cueing systems, metacognition, vocabulary, and comprehension; formal and informal assessment; and multiple instructional strategies adapted to the specific needs and interests of literacy learners K-12.

  • Assessments in Bilingual and Second Language Education, RE524, 3 credits – Participants gain a deep understanding of issues related to the testing and assessment of language minority students and receive practical suggestions for using assessment to inform student learning.  Course content includes the study and evaluation of the means of assessing language and content proficiency, the consideration of relationships between second language proficiency and academic achievement, and sociocultural dimensions of testing and assessment.

Course Catalogue

To see what courses are being offered, and when, please visit the course catalogue.