Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


New Course: Teaching English Language Learners (ED 598)

Posted on October 18, 2012

ED 598: Teaching English Language Learners explores theories of second language acquisition and program models for English language teaching for students at all levels, preschool to adults.  This graduate-level 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.


ED 598 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, ED 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.


Course time: Thursdays, 5-7:40

Instructor: Suzanne Shaw

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