ESL. TELL 410: Understanding Language Acquisition

Course Description

TELL 410 is the second of seven courses that lead to an ESL endorsement. As educators interact with increasing numbers of language minority students, they must be able to promote content and language learning. To do so requires a sound understanding of second language acquisition.

This course explores the concepts of communication , pattern , and variability in second language acquisition, along with their defining principles: input, interaction, stages of development, errors/feedback, types of proficiencies, and types of performances.

This second language acquisition framework is presented with research-based practices for teaching students of diversity, as developed by the Center for Research in Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE). CREDE has articulated five Standards for Effective Pedagogy as their recommendation for providing for language minority students' development during teachers' everyday teaching practices:

  • Establish communication (input and interaction), pattern (stages of development and errors/feedback), and variability (types of proficiencies and types of performances) as a framework for understanding the SLA processes
  • Prepare teachers to use student work in second language learning to guide them in planning for and assessing instruction
  • Identify teacher work for supporting SLA through planning for variety in teaching and assessing, attending to individual differences, and focusing on language development
  • Present the Standards for Effective Pedagogy: Working Together, Language and Literacy Development, Contextualization, Cognitive Challenge, and Instructional Conversation.

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