Courses of study
All courses require 10 to 15 hours of field work that is assigned by program faculty.
EDU 636 Linguistic Structure of the English Language - Sociolinguistic Perspectives
This course provides an understanding of basic linguistic concepts and their applications for TESOL instruction. Specific concepts include: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and the nature of regional and social variations in American English. Students will explore the origins, diversity and functions of human languages, in addition to the relationship between language and society. Includes 10 hours of fieldwork.
EDU 637 Second Language Learners and the Content Areas
Students will become acquainted with and practice effective approaches, methods, and strategies for teaching and evaluating English language learners in the content areas (social studies, math and science). Throughout the course, students will explore the impact of culture and language upon classroom learning. Special challenges in teaching and assessment in each content area will also be discussed. Includes 15 hours of fieldwork.
EDPS 671 Theory and Practice of Bilingual and Multicultural Education
This course reviews the impact of historical, legal, sociological, and political issues in relationship to the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Students explore the evolution of attitudes regarding bilingualism and multiculturalism in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on developing multicultural competence as educators, with areas of focus including: cross-cultural communication in the classroom and with parents; how the language and culture of the home and the community impact student learning; cultural factors in the relationships between the school and the community. Models of multicultural and bilingual education will be presented and analyzed. Includes 10 hours of fieldwork.
EDPS 673 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language
This course provides an historical overview of second language acquisition theories and teaching methods. Students learn how to apply current approaches, methods and techniques, with attention to the effective use of materials, in teaching English as a second language. Students will engage in the planning and implementation of standards-based ESL instruction which includes differentiated learning experiences geared to students' needs. Emphasis is placed on creating culturally responsive learning environments. Includes 10 hours of fieldwork.
EDU 680 Practicum and Seminar in TESOL, Pre-K - 12
This course requires a minimum of 20 days or 100 hours of student teaching in both elementary and secondary ESL classrooms, under the supervision of the cooperating teacher and a Touro professor. This experience will allow student teachers to apply their knowledge in actual classroom setting, as well as gain experience with a variety of developmental levels. Student teachers will attend seminars throughout the semester, maintain a weekly reflective journal, and submit accumulative portfolio documenting professional growth.