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ESLO610. Teaching ESL in a Multicultural Society

The focus of this course is the examination of how people do and do not learn an additional language. It is the introductory course for candidates pursuing a master’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or K-12 certification in either English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and/or Languages Other Than English (LOTE)—French and Spanish. Candidates examine the major theories of second language acquisition and discuss their implications for the second and foreign language classroom. The primary goals of this course are (a) to familiarize candidates with major theoretical issues in second/foreign language learning in formal and informal situations; (b) to provide candidates with opportunities to observe and reflect on language learning situations and language learners in second and foreign language learning contexts; more skillful at making appropriate teaching decisions that will nurture language learning among all students and especially among the culturally and linguistically diverse.