Course Overview

The first of seven courses that lead to an ESL endorsement, TELL 400 introduces teachers to Inclusive Pedagogy, a conceptual framework for educating diverse learners. This inquiry-based framework supports teachers in learning about students as well as in guiding their professional growth.

Through this course teachers identify how their attitudes, assumptions, and beliefs impact their interaction with students. They also focus on the historical and current educational and political realities of policy, programs, and practice for language minority students.

Finally, this course identifies multiple factors impacting the school experience of language minority students, including cognitive/academic (school, teacher), social/affective (personal, family, community), and linguistic development issues.

Goals and objectives include the following:

  • To make teachers aware of how their sociocultural identity may be different from that of their students
  • To focus on federal, state, and local educational policies and their impact on diverse classrooms and students

  • To Introduce cognitive, social/affective, and linguistic aspects of ELLs' development

  • To present key strategies for accommodating instruction and assessment for linguistically diverse students


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Program Materials List

Foundations of Bilingual Education——Instructional Guide
Foundations of Bilingual Education——Video Segments
Foundations of Bilingual Education Case Studies
Myths and Realities: Best Practices for Language Minority Students by Samway and McKeon