English Language Learners

X.ELL-403 | Research in Teaching English Language Learners

Description: This course introduces teacher candidates to the sociocultural context of schooling and examines current research in the field of ELL teaching and learning. The course will support teacher candidates in developing an orientation toward teaching as inquiry, as well as the ability to read and conduct classroom research. Critical qualitative methods (e.g., ethnography, case study, action research) will be considered and teacher research in the ELL classroom will be emphasized. Teacher candidates will develop and complete a qualitative inquiry project that investigates an aspect of language teaching or learning of interest to them.

Restrictions: This course is limited to graduate students; others may register with permission of the instructor.

Credits: 3

Offered: Summer 1  

Format: online

 

X.ELL-416 | Language Assessment and Classroom Practice

Offered: January Intersession  

Credits: 2

Description: Brief introduction to theory and practice in assessing students' academic English proficiency. Students will learn about purposes of and types of language assessments (e.g., large-scale standardized tests like WIDA ACCESS, alternative assessments like portfolios, formative assessments) and practice designing oral language assessment tasks and using rubrics  to evaluate student writing.

X.ELL-418 | Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Practice

Description: This course will a) introduce students to theories of second language acquisition (cognitive, social, and linguistic influences) and how these inform teaching practices, and b) introduce teaching methods and approaches to teaching ELLs so students can begin to make informed context-sensitive decisions about language teaching methods, techniques, lesson planning, materials, classroom management, etc.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: online

X.ELL-421 | Linguistics for Teachers

Offered: Fall

Credits: 2

Description: This course provides teacher candidates with an in-depth analysis of the structural and functional components of language: syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, register, and genre. Teacher candidates will apply concepts to language teaching and learning. The course will also include an in-depth look at functional linguistics and critical genre theory, focusing on how language functions in academic speech and writing.

Restrictions: This course is limited to graduate students only.

X.ELL-422 | Practicum Seminar in Teaching and Learning - Elementary ELL Education

Offered: Spring

Credits: 4

Description: This licensure-level weekly seminar provides teacher candidates with opportunities to examine curriculum development models, develop curricular units utilizing state and national content area standards, review research based models of classroom management, and engage in dialogue with practicing teachers regarding various aspects of teaching and learning. Additional topics covered will include: implementing translanguaging pedagogy, developing productive partnerships between ELL and content area teachers, legal obligations of teachers, and home-school communication.

Instructor permission required for all who register.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT students only. Students may only register for X.ELL 422 if concurrently taking X.ELL 423.

X.ELL-423 | Student Teaching ELLs in Elementary Schools

Offered: Spring

Credits: 10

Description: Teacher candidates (TCs) participate in full-time supervised student teaching of grades PK-6 ELLs from January to June. TCs will hone classroom management skills, implement extended curricular units designed to support students’ development of disciplinary literacies, deliver lessons to support disciplinary English development in all content areas, and develop a wide range of assessment skills. Evaluation of performance is determined by on-site visits and written assignments. Successful completion of the course is verified based on satisfactory submission of the CAP requirements for licensure preparation.

Instructor permission required for all who register.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT students only. Students may only register for X.ELL 423 if concurrently taking X.ELL 422.

X.ELL-426 | Methods in Teaching English Language Learners (ELL Methods)

Offered: Fall  

Credits: 4

Description: This course focuses on applying theories, principles, and evidence-based methods of second language acquisition to the development of materials, lessons, and curricula for teaching disciplinary English to K-12 speakers of other languages. Teacher candidates will cultivate skills in the design and delivery of contextualized lesson plans, develop expertise in the selection and evaluation of materials such as textbooks, computer-assisted materials, and realia, and demonstrate their understanding of critical issues in teaching ELLs. Teacher candidates must simultaneously be participating in pre-practicum observations.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke graduate students only. Students must complete X.ELL 426, X.ELL 418, X.ELL 421.

Advisory prerequisites: Requires a field experience in an educational setting.

X.ELL-431 | Student Teaching English Language Learners in Secondary Schools

Offered: Spring

Credits: 10

Description: Teacher candidates (TCs) participate in full-time supervised student teaching of grades 5-12 ELLs from January to June. TCs will hone classroom management skills, implement extended curricular units designed to support students’ development of disciplinary literacies, deliver lessons to support disciplinary English development in all content areas, and develop a wide range of assessment skills. Evaluation of performance is determined by on-site visits and written assignments. Successful completion of the course is verified based on satisfactory submission of the CAP requirements for licensure preparation.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT students only. Students may only register for X.ELL 431 if concurrently taking X.ELL 433.

X.ELL-433 | Practicum Seminar in Teaching and Learning - Secondary English Language Learner Education

Offered: Spring

Credits: 4

Description: This licensure-level weekly seminar provides teacher candidates with opportunities to examine curriculum development models, develop curricular units utilizing state and national content area standards, review research based models of classroom management, and engage in dialogue with practicing teachers regarding various aspects of teaching and learning. Additional topics covered will include: implementing translanguaging pedagogy, developing productive partnerships between ELL and content area teachers, legal obligations of teachers, and home-school communication.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT students only. Students may only register for X.ELL 433 if concurrently taking X.ELL 431.

X.ELL-436 | Teaching English Language Learners Internship 1

Offered: Fall  

Credits: 2

Description: Students pursuing an additional license in teaching English language learners are expected to complete a supervised field experience of at least 60 hours in an approved ELL program in a public school setting (e.g., ELL content classroom, push-in teaching, pullout to separate classroom). In addition to the field experience component, students attend biweekly course meetings, during which they will have the opportunity to learn more about ELL program models and policy trends, English language development standards (e.g., WIDA, Next Generation ESL), tracking student development, advocacy, professional collaboration, and leveraging an additional license on the job market.

X.ELL-438 | Teaching English Language Learners Internship 2

Offered: January Intersession or Spring  

Credits: 3

Description: Students pursuing an additional license in teaching English language learners are expected to complete a supervised field experience of at least 100 hours in an approved ELL program in a public school setting (e.g., ELL content classroom, push-in teaching, pullout to separate classroom). In addition to the field experience component, students attend weekly course meetings, during which they will have the opportunity to learn more about  language development in the four domains (listening, speaking, reading, writing), planning curriculum for effective English language instruction in K-12 standards based settings, and ELLs and technology.

X.ELL-451 | English Language Development Standards and Assessment Framework

Offered: January  

Credits: 1

Description: This course introduces teacher candidates to the WIDA English language development standards and assessment framework, with a particular focus on understanding the large-scale standardized assessment of English language learners (e.g., WIDA ACCESS 2.0). This course will prepare teacher candidates to understand test design, prepare to participate in administrator training, and interpret score reports in ways that support their ability to use assessment to inform instruction and communicate with students and families about students’ English language development needs and progress.

Restrictions: This course is limited to graduate students only.

X.ELL-463 | Teaching English Language Learners: Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement (standalone course)

Description: This course is offered for teachers seeking SEI endorsement. It serves as the ReTELL course that provides an overview of pragmatic pedagogical strategies for including English Language Learners in content area classroom instruction. Readings in language acquisition theory, language learning and teaching, effective lesson design and assessment, Sheltered Instruction Observation  Protocol and knowledge of intercultural learners are covered. Students will have experience developing and adapting lessons and curriculum to address the needs of students in their pre-practicum settings.

Advisory prerequisites: This course is offered for licensed Massachusetts teachers and teacher candidates seeking SEI endorsement

Credits: 3

Offered: Summer 1  

Format: on-campus