B416 – Methods and Materials for Teaching New Language Learners

2 Credit Hours

English Language Learners (ELLs) are a significant presence
in many U.S. schools, and data indicate that more
than half of public school teachers across the nation
have students in their classrooms whose first language
is other than English. The widespread presence of ELLs
in American schools creates a variety of challenges for
all involved in their education. Classroom teachers must
juggle the demands imposed by curricula and learning
standards on the one hand, and a student population
whose linguistic and cultural diversity warrants instruction
that is complex and dynamic, on the other. This course prepares
early childhood BL/ESL teacher candidates to work
with English Language learners in all content areas of the
curriculum. Teacher candidates learn methods of teaching proven effective in teaching ELLs, and learn how to consider
home language and cultural backgrounds of children
as well as their emerging English Language skills in selecting
materials and making pedagogical decisions in planning
and teaching. Upon completing the course, teacher
candidates are knowledgeable about the theoretical underpinnings
and pedagogical rationale for a variety of teaching
strategies widely used in early childhood classrooms, and
how they can be utilized to support successful learning for
young English Language Learners.

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