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English as a Second Language

Kutztown University’s Secondary Education Department has been accredited by the PA Department of Education to provide the Program Specialist Certificate - English as a Second Language (ESL).

 This program is designed to provide students seeking the ESL teaching certificate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to address the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in a comprehensive EL program. This certification is for certificate holders in all kindergarten through grade 12 programs to be conferred upon completion of or possession of an initial teaching certificate.

Program requirements:

• 18 credits of class work:

ENG 334 - Introduction to English Linguistics

EDU/MLS 434 - Instructional Methods, Materials, and Assessments for ESL/ELL Populations

EDU 429 - Policies, Protocols, and Practices for PA ESL Programs

EDU/MLS 428 - Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity for ESL/ELL Program Specialists

EDU/MLS 435 - English Language Acquisition for ESL/ELL Populations

EDU 427 - Instructional and Assessment Design for PA ESL Certification

• Students must have a valid PA Instructional I or II Certificate to complete the program.

• Foreign applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English via the ACTFL English Language OPI.

• All courses must be passed with a C or higher.

• 60 hours of fieldwork experience must be completed.

 

Course Descriptions:

ENG 334 Introduction to English Linguistics

3 credits

This course offers a comprehensive study of American English grammar, comprised of two aspects: (1) A brief, critical review of traditional Latinized grammar; (2) A comprehensive introduction to phonology, morphology, and the grammars – generative and transformational. (Recommended to precede EDU/MLS 435)

 

EDU/MLS 434 Instructional Methods, Materials, and Assessments for ELL/ESL Populations

3 credits

This course offers research-based information relative to the design and implementation of an ESL program; methods, strategies, and resources for ESL programs; the use of audio/visual media for ELLs; the adaptation of instructional strategies and materials to address the specific needs, talents and interests of ELLs; the integration of multicultural information for ELLs through various curricula; the development, implementation, and evaluation of varied curricular and instructional activities for ELLs; metacognitive awareness and strategic planning of ELLs to assist them in regular classrooms; and the acculturation process regarding reading, writing, speaking, listening, and culture.

 

EDU/MLS 435 English Language Acquisition and Awareness for ELL/ESL Populations

3 credits

This course offers an overview of the English Language, including grammar, pronunciation, and lexical, morphological, syntax and phonological components, for use in the ESL classroom. Students will learn about first and second language acquisition and the process of literacy development. Additional focus will be placed on non-verbal communication in English-speaking communities. Students will learn appropriate assessment methods for evaluating the effectiveness of instruction.

 

EDU/MLS 428 Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity for ESL/ELL Program Specialists

3 credits

This course is designed to prepare English as a Second Language (ESL) program specialists to facilitate the integration of English Language Learners (ELLs) and their families into the host school and community. As well, the course facilitates school staff members’ understanding of multi-cultural and multi-language learners’ needs and support strategies so as to maximize the educational experience. Participants in the course will undertake a comparative approach to similarities and differences between the U.S. culture and other cultures with the goal of developing cultural understanding and sensitivity of ELL/ESL students and families living in the US culture.

 

EDU 429 Instructional and Assessment Design for PA ESL Certification

3 credits

This course provides English as a Second Language (ESL) certification candidates specific knowledge and skills in formal and informal assessment for entry, placement, program design, lesson design, exiting criteria, and the post-program monitoring of English Language Learners (ELLs). These components of professional practice are based on the Pennsylvania Department of Education testing and program requirements as well as those provided by PA-endorsed World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA). Consequently, certification candidates will learn to use multiple and appropriate formative and summative formal and informal assessment measures for the purpose of student placement, and program/lesson design. Program and lesson design will follow the principles of the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) guideline.

 

EDU 427 Policies, Protocols, and Practices for PA ESL Programs

3 credits

This course provides English as a Second Language (ESL) certification candidates specific knowledge about federal and state policies, protocols, and practices for working with English Language Learners (ELLs) in Pennsylvania's public schools. Title Three of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the Pennsylvania School Code, and federal regulations relative to educating students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and English Language Learners (ELLs) are the core elements of this course.

 

Courses taught on campus or online.

 

Faculty:

John D. McAndrew, Ed.D. Assistant Professor

B.A., Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales

M.A., Lehigh University

Ed.D. in Reading, Lehigh University

 

Theresa M. Stahler, Ph.D. Professor, Chairperson

B.S., Indiana University

M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D. in Teacher Education, The Ohio State University

 

Patricia Walsh Coates, Ph.D. Associate Professor

B.A., West Chester University

M.A., Lehigh University

M.Ed., Widener University

Ph.D. in American History, Lehigh University

 

For more information contact:
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