Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Education 230. Teaching English Language Learners

Teaching English Language Learners is a required course for all licensure minors. The course explores theories of second language acquisition and program models for English language teaching for students at all levels, preschool to adults. This course prepares Pre-K through grade 12 teachers to meet the needs of non-Native speakers in the classroom, as well as preparing individuals who may want to teach English overseas.

During this graduate level course, students will examine how language is acquired and how to best engage English language learners as full participants in subject matter classrooms. Models such as sheltered instruction, bilingual education, and language immersion will be explored. Since Wheaton education licensure minors receive their initial teaching license from the state of Massachusetts, EDUC 598 will follow MA Curriculum Framework for English Language Teaching, integrating state curriculum requirements into course content as they are published. In accordance with MA guidelines, the model, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) will be a major focus of study. Attention will also be given to how sociocultural, emotional and economic factors influence English language learners’ educational access to schooling and achievement.