C I 280
Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners (3) Introduction to language, culture, instruction, assessment, and professionalism as they relate to teaching English Language Learners in U.S. schools.
C I 280 Introduction to Teaching English to English Language Learners (3)
CI 280 focuses on the development of foundational knowledge to successfully assist English language learners in U.S. school contexts. The basic premise of the course is that teachers play an important role in creating a positive classroom learning environment and bringing school success for English language learners. This course is designed to develop essential dispositions, skills, and knowledge for teacher education students to fulfill their important role.
Course objectives are to understand culture, language, learning contexts, and pedagogy. Culture focuses on a) socio-cultural characteristics of English language learners, b) how English language learners’ cultural communication and learning styles affect the learning process, c) how English language learners’ cultural values affect their academic achievement and language development, d) negative effect of cultural bias in instruction, materials and assessments, and e) the importance of developing cross-cultural competence in interactions with colleagues, administrators, school and community specialists, students and their families.
Language focuses on a) knowledge of language systems, structures, functions, and variation, b) the process of acquiring first and second language and literacy skills, c) the connection between oral and written language in school contexts, and d) the differences between academic and social language and the importance of developing both to succeed in U.S. schools. Learning contexts focus on understanding the characteristics of school and classroom contexts that support English language learners’ successful learning. This topic extends to the discussion of laws and regulations that affect teaching of English language learners. Pedagogy focuses on understanding key principles of linguistically responsive teaching for English language learners. Students will study these four major course topics through course readings, class discussions, and cultural explorations of their own and others’ cultures while engaging in individual, social, and experiential learning opportunities.
Students will demonstrate their understanding of the course content by completing a multi-genre paper, a learning portfolio, and a curriculum-based test. Multi-genre paper will provide students with an opportunity to explore their own culture and the culture of a local immigrant group through a thematic collection of various types of writings. A curriculum-based test will provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning of language. Learning portfolio will provide students with an opportunity to document evidence of their own learning in various classroom activities and reflect on their learning throughout the semester. Considering that participation of classroom discussions and activities is an important source of developing content knowledge in the course, attendance will be required.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.