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EDU-College of Education

EDU590 - Summer Institute for Teachers and Writers

As a partner of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, a National Writing Project site, the Cal U Summer Institute for Teachers and Writers provides an opportunity for writers and teachers to grow in their craft even as it exemplifies and examines best methods in teaching writing. Thus, the Summer Institute improves the teaching of writing throughout the region in all disciplines K-16, encourages writers and teachers to refine and extend their own writing skills, increases enthusiasm for the teaching of writing, and creates a network of capable teacher consultants.

EDU650 - Supporting English Language Learners

The purpose of this course is to help prospective teachers in all initial certification areas develop an understanding of how to modify mainstream course materials and instructional strategies so that English language learning students can engage in course content while simultaneously developing their new language. (3 crs.)

EDU704 - Introduction to English as a Second Language

The five domains of teaching English language learners are explored: culture, language, planning instruction, assessment and professionalism. Emphasis is placed on the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teaching standards and ESL K-12 standards. Teachers will examine research-based practices in relation to the five domains and identify their role as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher.

EDU709 - Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

Teachers across the country are finding their classrooms increasingly diverse, therefore, this course will provide an examination of theory, diversity, and pedagogy constructs for explicit applications to practice in classrooms with English Language Learners. A historical exploration of immigration, cultural perspectives, and teaching practices that demonstrate and explicate the interconnectedness of culture and cognition are provided. By examining the background of English Language Learners and their cultures a framework for creating a culturally responsive classroom environment is developed.

EDU712 - Content Instruction and Assessment PK-12

Teachers will examine the theories, principles, and practices that assist English language learners in achieving academic proficiency in the content areas. Planning standards-based instruction and adapting instruction in the content areas is emphasized. To promote the academic success of English language learners, teachers will involve the family and community, and analyze the learner to establish learning goals and assessment measures that are appropriate for the individual student.

EDU713 - Language Acquisition and Development

Second Language Learners of any age undergo certain processes to be able to learn a new language. In this course, candidates will be exposed to these processes. They will learn and conduct research on the structure and nature of language with a view to assisting their students to adjust to the challenges of learning a new language. They will also learn the theories of second language acquisition, styles and strategies in language learning as well as the socio-cultural and cross-linguistic influences of language learning.

EDU714 - Language Proficiency Assessment

Assessing English Language Learners can be a challenge to not only teachers but also the students themselves. As ESL students in K-12 are taught English, there needs to be proper instruments in place of assessing their progress in language learning. These tools should be appropriate and should take into account the proficiency level of the learner. In this course, student teachers will gain exposure to the tools necessary to be able to assess English Language Learners appropriately and in a timely way. The course will offer knowledge on benchmarks for different proficiency levels.

EDU719 - Supporting Second Language Learners, Family, and the Community

Most second language learners are from another country. They come in with anxieties and go through phases of cultural adjustments. Without the necessary support, it might be hard for them to transition smoothly and thus be able to learn English well and fast. This course is geared toward equipping ESL teachers with the necessary tools to give ESL students the support they need while they undergo the challenges of transition. Issues that may arise concerning the support of students in the classroom, school and the community will be addressed.