About The TELL Program for ESL Endorsement

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The Program

The TELL program, which leads to K-12 TESOL minor for undergraduate students and a state issued ESL endorsement for those who complete the program, is a series of video anchored courses coupled with a practicum of ongoing integrated fieldwork. Courses include foundations, second language acquisition, assessment, partnerships, literacy, and content integration. 

Course content is research based, including up-to-date knowledge and practices for teaching English language learners. The practicum can be adapted to multiple public school and university sites and adjusted to the work schedules of inservice educators. Video anchoring and the presence of a certified on-site facilitator ensure consistent high quality instruction. 

Courses are designed to promote fidelity of content and learning experience across courses. Carefully crafted video segments, learning activities and an instructional guide for each course enhance learning and transfer. The instructional guides support active learning and encourage reflection. Every activity in every course models best practices for teaching students who are English language learners (ELLs). The video segments create, in essence, a visual and conversational textbook, showing rather than telling in ways that capture audience attention and contextualize important teaching points.

The perspectives expressed by various university professors and researchers are juxtaposed with the real-world voices and examples of students, educators, parents, and other community members. This technique enhances the relationship between theory and practice. 

Courses are taught by an on-site facilitator, who has extensive public school experience, expertise in ESL, and a master's degree. This facilitator is responsible for creating a sense of community among learners. He or she maximizes teacher immediacy to foster interaction, share objectives, use active learning strategies, provide opportunities for performance, and assess learning.

"Professors"

The "Professors" part of the delivery system includes carefully-crafted video segments, CD-ROMs, and an instructional guide for each course, all of which enhance learning and transfer. The instructional guides support active learning and encourage reflection. Every activity in every course models best practices for teaching students who are English language learners (ELLs). The video segments and CD-ROMs create, in essence, a visual and conversational textbook, showing rather than telling in ways that capture audience attention and contextualize important teaching points. The perspectives expressed by various university professors and researchers are juxtaposed with the real-world voices and examples of students, educators, parents, and other community members. This technique enhances the relationship between theory and practice.

"Plus"

The "Plus" part of the delivery system is the on-site facilitator, who has extensive public school experience, expertise in ESL, and a master's degree. This facilitator is responsible for creating a sense of community among learners. He or she maximizes teacher immediacy to foster interaction, share objectives, use active learning strategies, provide opportunities for performance, and assess learning.

Developers

Program developers have included Annela Teemant, Winn Egan, Stefinee Pinnegar, Carl Harris, Ray Graham, Marvin Smith, Melanie Harris, Valerie Hales, Jeff Gomm, and the ESL coordinators from the BYU - Public School Partnership school districts:  Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo, and Wasatch.