English as a Second Language Minor
This minor satisfies the endorsement for preschool to grade 12.
The Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) program prepares students to teach those who are learning English as a second or foreign language in a variety of contexts including preschool through 12th grade, adult education and overseas situations. Students are prepared through the exploration of linguistics, second language acquisition, literacy and culture. An understanding of methods and assessment is built upon this theoretical basis. The program includes academic service learning opportunities with Spokane area English language programs, including a series of practicum experiences which build throughout the coursework. The program can be completed in one academic year or can be taken over multiple years with scheduling guidance from the coordinator.
The minor meets the requirements for the Washington State English language learner (ELL) endorsement to add to a P–12 teaching certificate. Students seeking this minor endorsement should take ESLG 471, which prepares students to teach ELLs in the content areas. Those preparing to teach in other contexts should take ESLG 472, which prepares students to each English for occupations.
Required courses in the following program of study may have prerequisites. Reference the course description section for clarification.
|Required Foundational–complete the following (may be taken in any order)|
|ENGL 360||LANGUAGE STRUCTURE AND USE||5|
|ESLG 480||SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION||4|
|ESLG 481||METHODS AND MATERIALS IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE||4|
|ESLG 488||SECOND LANGUAGE PRINT LITERACY THEORIES||3|
|ESLG 489||CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM||4|
|ESLG 492||SECOND LANGUAGE LITERACY PLACEMENT AND ASSESSMENT||3|
|Required Elective–choose one of the following|
|Note: EDUC majors seeking a State of Washington ESOL Endorsement should choose ESLG 471.|
|ESLG 471||TEACHING ENGLISH ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES||3|
|or ESLG 472||TEACHING ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES|
|Note: the 1–3 variable credit practicum must be repeated for three quarters (1, 2, 3 credits) for a total of 6 credits.|
|ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE PRACTICUM|
All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).
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- assess language learning development using optimal strategies;
- demonstrate comfort with cultural humility, difference, and assumptions;
- design optimal language learning environments using research in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, literacy development, and educational linguistics;
- evaluate the potential impacts of privilege and cultural difference on English teachers and students;
- plan instruction that is appropriate for individual students’ cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds.