EDSL - Education of Second Language Learners

EDSL 4300 Language and Literacy for Teachers

This course promotes understanding of fundamental language concepts, the structure and conventions of the English language, and the processes of first-and second-language acquisition. In order to promote students’ language development in English, the factors that affect ESL students’ learning of academic content, language, and culture are addressed.  A particular focus of this course relates to language proficiency levels of English learners based on the ELPS descriptors.

EDSL 4310 Pedagogy and Assessment for Teachers of English Language Learners (ELL)

The primary focus of this course is planning and implementing effective, developmentally-appropriate sheltered instruction for English learners. The English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are used in lesson development to include the goals of sheltered instruction.  Students explore a variety of state assessments for ELs which include the bilingual version of the STAAR test and the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS).  Attention is given to laws regarding teaching migrant children and working with families of ELs.  This is a field-based course. Prerequisite: EDUC 4315 or EDSP 4316.