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Teaching ESL as a Career (formerly: Thinking of Teaching ESL?)
7 hours (elective)
This course is designed to present basic information for the participant who may be considering ESL as a career. An overview of the following items will be covered during this course: ESL terminology, history, teaching philosophies, learning styles, and tools/resources for lesson planning.
Teaching True Beginners
You need to know what to do when you walk into a classroom and everything you say elicits a blank stare. This workshop takes the participant through a mock short-term class for true beginners and presents scenarios related to first day activities, retention, adult appropriate classroom exercises, and classroom management. It includes hands-on activities with props appropriate for tasks involving the four language skills.
Understanding Language Learning
16 hours (core)
This course focuses on predominant theories of second language learning and acquisition and examines factors that influence language learning. The course covers topics such as the effects of environment, biological factors, age and personality on language learning; the role of the first language, individual learner variables, error analysis, and learning strategies, among others. Although this course will present theoretical research findings in language acquisition, it will also provide ESL and foreign language teachers with practical recommendations for developing proficiency in a second language. (As possible, it is recommended that this course be taken prior to the ESL Teaching Methods courses offered through the ESL Teaching Academy.)
ESL Teaching Methods: Focus on Listening and SpeakingESL Teaching Methods: Focus on Reading ESL Teaching Methods: Focus on Writing and Grammar
16 hours (core)16 hours (core)16 hours (core)
The ESL Teaching Methods courses are designed to enhance teacher effectiveness in the adult ESL classroom. During the courses, the instructors will present an overview of the principal methods, approaches and techniques as they relate to the different skill areas (i.e., listening and speaking, reading, and writing and grammar). Topics include lesson planning, materials development, use of technology, assessment, effective teaching presentation and classroom management.
Testing and Syllabi: Essential Nuts and Bolts in ESL
7 hours (core)
ESL teachers need to be able to determine reasonable objectives for their students, and evaluate student progress on a daily basis. This course first covers considerations involved in designing a basic ESL class syllabus, (the teacher’s tool to share important course-related details and expectations) and then focuses on appropriate assessment methods and strategies.
Understanding Other Cultures
This course is designed to introduce the teacher to sociolinguistics and enhance teacher effectiveness in the adult ESL classroom. The instructor will present an overview of surface features and deep features of a variety of cultures, especially those represented in the vicinity of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Topics will include culture shock, non-verbal communication, language and cultural influences, and culture and its impact on language development.
ESL Teaching Resources (formerly: Why Reinvent the Wheel?)
The array of resources available for ESL pedagogy, both in print and on the Internet, is staggering. There is no need to create class materials or worksheets from scratch, or use a text that does not suit the needs of your students. This course is designed to begin to familiarize teachers with ways to research available resources, build skills to evaluate appropriateness of material, and practice developing class materials from existing resources.
Practical Strategies for Teaching Pronunciation:
12 hours (elective)
Help your students get the most out of their ESL pronunciation classroom. Learn how to let students discover differences in similar sounds and what they need to do to produce them. Practical strategies include: how to let students discover differences in similar sounds; teaching students how to pronounce the American "r"; emphasizing priority sounds for the English language; using lists of most frequently-used words; and developing exercises customized to your students' age and language backgrounds.
Observation and Teaching Practicum
20 hours (core)
This practicum is designed to be taken as the last step toward obtaining the ESL Instructor Skills Award. The observation portion enables students to view actual ESL classes at varied levels of ESL instruction in order to evaluate the pedagogy based on topics covered in ESL Teaching Academy coursework. After the observation period, the student will have the opportunity to put theory, methods and techniques to practice with the aid of an experienced teacher’ support. The observation and teaching portions consist of 8 to 10 hours each. Students will meet with an advisor and classroom instructors as the practicum progresses for direction, feedback and evaluation.