Course: English Language Learners in the Regular Classroom
The course presents and analyzes the foundations of bilingual
education for teachers to be able to understand and incorporate the most relevant
aspects in their classrooms. As teachers gain expertise in the theory and methods
of second language learning in general, they will learn to recognize the real level
of ELLs, both in Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic
Language Proficiency (CALP).
In addition, becoming familiar with the way English is taught around the world and
ways to access their students' schemas, educators will gain insights into how their
ELLs have been exposed to the language previously and how they are accustomed to
One of the main points in the course is that good instructional practices for ELLs
will benefit all learners. Recommendations for an eclectic approach include assigning
buddies, cooperative learning, reading strategies, and incorporating the arts to
create a learning environment that will motivate all students to reach their full
potential as human beings as well as academically.