Seminar: Educating English Language Learners

Students will examine current research and practice in the teaching of English Language Learners, with a focus on secondary education. Students will explore challenges facing this diverse group of learners and how to build on the assets they bring to their classroom communities. Students will develop skills necessary to plan and promote discussion, engagement, and content mastery while supporting continued language development. Lesson planning will prioritize culturally relevant and responsive teaching while acquiring skills to analyze and adapt required teaching materials. Limited fieldwork observations are required either online or in person; more extensive fieldwork can be arranged. The course is structured to support students pursuing middle school and high school teacher licensure and meets requirements for a MA Department of Education endorsement in Sheltered English Immersion when MA Secondary Education certification requirements are completed. It is also applicable to students considering teaching abroad, in urban schools, or pursuing any other work with emerging bilingual youth.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 12

Prerequisites: Open to students who have taken at least one education course or permission of instructor. Spring semester course taught at MIT.

Instructor: Tutin (Fall) Palaia (Spring)

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring