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University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown    
2018-2019 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
  Jul 15, 2024
2018-2019 Johnstown Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
This course offers students an introduction to theory, research and practice in teaching English language learners in the elementary, middle and secondary grades. The course begins with an overview of sociocultural characteristics of ELLs, legal responsibilities, and educational and language policies in the United States. Students will also learn the basic theories and principles associated with second language acquisition. Students will explore the philosophies of bilingual and ESL education as well as different program models that address the education of linguistically diverse students. Students will be introduced to an array of contemporary, research-based instructional approaches, including content-based instruction, task-based language teaching, and sheltered English instruction. As a result, they will gain an understanding of how to adapt standards-based lessons for English language learners. Through a practicum component, students will learn to design lessons and assessments for small-group instruction. Students will also develop cross-cultural competence through interactions with ELLs, teachers and school staff.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: LG/SU3 Elective Basis

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