EDBI6395 Seminar in Bilingual/ESL Education

Course Description

This course focuses on the relationship between program content and contemporary issues in the educational and socio-political experiences of linguistically diverse communities in the region, state, and K-12 context. Rotating themes include family, community, and cultural change.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Admission to UTPB; admission to graduate studies; in addition to the College of Education requirements, students seeking teacher certification in Texas and in bilingual education as a part of the Master of Arts in Education/Bilingual/ESL must apply to the certification program and take the additional coursework; after completing the program, demonstrate proficiency in Spanish by passing the Texas Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the historical phases of bilingual and ESL education in the United States.
  • Identify theories on language acquisition and instruction for limited English proficient students.
  • Employ skills to identify ESL methodologies, strategies, techniques, and activities in the general education, ESL, or bilingual education classroom settings.
  • Highlight consciousness of current trends in ESL and bilingual instruction to participants.
  • Identify different models of bilingual/ESL and know which one to use when working with second language learners.