English Language Learner Studies Specialization

After you complete the core courses in your degree program, focus your studies with a specialization in English Language Learner Studies. With this specialization, you’ll study pertinent topics such as strategies, materials, technology, and learning activities while preparing to become a leader in the education field. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information. Learn more about the individual courses required for your degree program.

English Language Learner Studies Specialization for Undergraduate Degrees

Gain an understanding of the implications of diverse languages for learning and achievement, as well as techniques for teaching English. This undergraduate degree specialization consists of four (4), three (3) credit courses.

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Degrees Offering the English Language Learner Studies Specialization

Undergraduate English Language Learner Studies Specialization Courses

ELL 240 Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners

3 Credits

This course explores strategies and techniques to support the success of language and culturally diverse students. The values, customs, and communication styles of cultural groups and their implication for teaching are considered. Research-based instructional approaches to developing English learner literacy will be examined.

ELL 355 Methods, Materials, & Technology for Learning a Second Language

3 Credits

Strategies for English Language Learners in the content areas while maintaining a language development focus will be illustrated. Specific strategies, materials, technology, and learning activities will be examined to support learning.

ELL 359 Contemporary Issues in English Language Instruction

3 Credits
Historical influences on instructional design in second language education will be explored. National and state standards for all learners and the implication for ELL instruction will be analyzed. Dual language instruction, bilingual education, and the politics of this as contrasted to English Language immersion programs will also be examined.

ELL 420 Testing & Assessment for ELL Students

3 Credits
Various tools and methodologies for assessing English proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing for both ELL children and adults will be critiqued. Formative and summative assessments will be explored with an emphasis on the application and appropriateness of their use for instructional design.