B416 – Methods and Materials for Teaching New Language Learners
English Learners (ELs) 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 ELs 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 learners in all content areas of the curriculum. Teacher candidates learn methods of teaching proven effective in teaching ELs, 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 Learners.