Graduate Studies

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2011-2012

Gainful employment information

Chairperson: Reinhard Lindner
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Thomas J. Cody
Office: Horrabin Hall 115
Telephone: (309) 298-1183 Fax: (309) 298-2786
Location of Program Offering: Macomb, Quad Cities

Program Description

The graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to meet the needs of students desiring to teach English in a variety of settings throughout the world. Specialized coursework in the certificate program focuses on theories and methodologies of TESOL while providing practical classroom experience. The coursework may also be used to satisfy some of the requirements for the Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies for those students admitted into the M.S. Ed. program.

Certificate Requirements

EIS 427G Foundations of Language Minority Education: 3 s.h.
EIS 435G, Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom: 3 s.h.
EIS 440G, Sociolinguistics: 3 s.h.
EIS 457G, Methods and Materials of Teaching ESL: 3 s.h.
EIS 458G, Linguistics for the Teacher of English Language Learners: 3 s.h.
EIS 547 TESOL Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation Methodologies: 2 s.h.
EIS 548 Computer Assisted Language Learning for TESOL: 1 s.h.

TOTAL: 18 s.h.

Course Descriptions

Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

427G Foundations of Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations. (3) An introduction to the historical, philosophical, political, social, and educational issues that have contributed to policy regarding public school services for language minority populations. Clinical experience-15 hours required.

435G Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom. (3) The study of historical and contemporary social and cultural issues affecting selected ethnic groups, with particular emphasis on the impact of culture, learning, and schooling on second language learners in US schools. Clinical experience-15 hours required.

440G Sociolinguistics. (3) Exploration of foundational work in the field of sociolinguistics and current issues in the field. This course will emphasize the culture-language interface at the level of social relationships with special emphasis on educational settings.

457G Methods and Materials of Teaching English Language Learners. (3) Analysis of language learning processes of bilingual children. The appropriate order for learning basic skills in two languages will be discussed and techniques of teaching English as a second language will be introduced and practiced. Clinical experience-15 hours required. A grade of C or higher must be earned for teacher licensure.

458G Linguistics for the Teacher of English Language Learners. (3) The study of linguistics applied to teaching limited-English-speaking students. Includes English and non-English phonology, syntax, analysis, and application of linguistic theory. Clinical experience-20 hours required.

547 TESOL Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation Methodologies. (2) Designed to allow students to examine the articulation of English sounds, the rules that govern their use in speech, and explore ways of applying this knowledge to the teaching of pronunciation. Additional emphasis will be placed on teaching listening/speaking strategies in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) environment.

548 Computer Assisted Language Learning for TESOL. (1) Students explore how the use of technology can enhance language learning and use online tools to design language learning lessons in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Prerequisite or corequisite: EIS 547.