TESOL Minor Course Descriptions

TE 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
3 Credits, Spring & Falls in-person
(Quantitative Reasoning in the Disciplines):
Participants examine the nature of language, language systems, language in context, language acquisition and the historical development of English. This course emphasizes quantitative research design, analysis and interpretation. In addition to examining numerous research studies, students undertake original data collection and analysis.

TEDI  2950  Language Acquisition
3 Credits, Spring &/or Falls in-person & on-line
(Scientific Inquiry Direction)
Participants examine the nature of first and additional language acquisition and development. Topics include first language acquisition, additional language acquisition by children and adults, bi- and multilingualism.  The course emphasizes the investigation of first and additional language acquisition through student research studies.

TE 3300 Foundations of Multilingual Multicultural Studies
3 Credits, Springs, on-line
(Diversity Connection)
This course examines the theory and practice of multilingual multicultural education, from a sociopolitical perspective.  Emphasis is placed on understanding acculturation and academic achievement of, and programmatic alternatives and pedagogy for English Language Learners (ELLs) in a pluralistic society.  The course explores the impact of the cultural backgrounds of language minority children and their families, and their adjustment to a new society, on school achievement and language acquisition.

TE 4100 TESOL Methods and Practice
4 Credits Falls or Springs in-person
Participants learn the foundations of communicative language teaching to non-native speakers in multicultural and homogenous classrooms. Topics include content-based instruction, curriculum development, materials adaptation, lesson planning and execution, and assessment. Students gain both a theoretical grounding and hands-on experience with scaffolding content for language learners, and with developing learner strategies.  Participants acquire and practice the skills needed to teach English to students of all ages and abilities.  Class includes a 30-hour supervised field experience.

TE 4300 Literacy in Language Learning
3 credits Springs on-line
Participants in this course examine current theories and practice of first and additional language literacy development. Topics include developing literate behaviors, reading and writing fluency strategies, vocabulary development and the writing process. This course emphasizes the development of participants’ proficiency in teaching reading and writing to students of different ages and ability levels through phonics, whole language, and integrated approaches.

TE 4820 Language Assessment
3 credits, Springs or Falls, in-person &on-line
Participants in this course explore different approaches for creating, scoring, and evaluating both formal and informal standards based language assessment measures for students of different ages and ability levels.  Topics include authentic communicative assessment measures, portfolio assessment, and standardized testing for placement, to inform instruction, and measure achievement; test biases; testing different skills; and knowledge of state and federally mandated assessment measures and their implications for English language learners. This course foregrounds authentic and useful classroom language assessment measures.