English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement Program
REQUIRED CREDITS: 24
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Online: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Is the ELL endorsement program for me?If you're a certified teacher in Washington state and want to teach ELL students (English Language Learners), this program is a great way to go. You can earn an ELL Endorsement online While you complete your coursework online, you still have access to all CityU's great resources. You will log in to get assignments, discuss topics with your classmates, collaborate on projects and check your grades. Basically, everything you do in class but without the commute.
What will I learn in the ELL endorsement program?In CityU's ELL endorsement program, you'll learn everything you need to teach reading, writing and literacy skills to ELL students in preschool through high school. An internship will give you a chance to apply your new skills in a classroom setting.
What can I do with my endorsement in ELL?For teachers who want to teach ELL students, ELL endorsements mean more options and opportunities for advancement. The need for qualified ELL teachers is growing so this is a great time to pick up some new skills and move ahead.
Note: You will need to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-E) exam to earn the endorsement. Check out the WEST-E exam Web site for more info.
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This course examines literacy instructional strategies for English language learners. Topics include reading comprehension, assessment, vocabulary, and writing. Upon completion of this course, candidates have the skills to design and modify literacy instruction of P-12 ELL students.
This course is a practicum to provide an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in K-12 classroom settings to complete their English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. The variable credit is to accommodate each students unique needs based on their professional growth plan. This course has two parts: a required seminar, and three different teaching experiences in K-12 classrooms; K-3, 4-8, and 9-12. Candidates are observed by a field supervisor who is an ESL or English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist for the ESL Endorsement. Candidates are required to work in a classroom specific to teaching ESL skills. Additional work may be required in a specialized program.
This course is an introduction to the principles and uses of linguistics as they pertain to the teaching of English Language Learners (ELL) and the process of second language acquisition. Candidates investigate theories of language learning, evaluate language acquisition theories, and review the major factors that affect second language learning. Candidates examine ELL teaching methods and create their own theories about language learning and teaching. The focus is the nature of human language, grammatical aspects of language, psychology of language, and language in society. Candidates examine the theoretical principles, analyze their applicability, and determine how to use them effectively when teaching ELL classes.
This course focuses on how to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) writing. ESL endorsement candidates will review the pedagogical issues in ESL writing instruction, study curriculum and syllabus design, consider how to respond appropriately to student writing, and investigate writing assessment methods.
This course is an introduction to the history of bilingual education, relevant federal education legislation, and court cases which are related to the teaching of English to students whose first language is not English. Legal cases relevant to advocacy for English Language Learners (ELL) and their families are examined.
Through this course students will consider the cross-cultural factors that influence second language learners and investigate what instructional practices and materials are best suited for specific situations. They will also examine topics such as cooperative learning, cross-cultural testing, peer teaching, and methods for integrating content and language.