Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Multilingual Education Minor

Program description

This minor is designed for any degree-seeking student interested in supporting k-12 or adult English language learners in formal or informal academic settings. The minor focuses on the theory and methodology of content-based language instruction, equipping teacher candidates with the skills they need to balance the teaching of language and content. This program covers the relationship between language, culture, and identity and how it affects classroom dynamics. Students in this minor are exposed to current research on second language acquisition and apply these theories to curriculum and lesson planning. They learn how to teach academic language with appropriate scaffolding and meaningful content. Students in this minor learn how to assess language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing and how to communicate progress to parents. Furthermore, students explore language policy in education while learning about different models of bilingual and immersion education. Abundant practical teaching and learning opportunities are provided, to prepare the student for real-life classrooms with multilinguals. There are increasing numbers of English learners in American classrooms, and while many start their schooling with English language specialists, they are also found in regular classrooms, placing a responsibility on all teachers to know how to effectively teach multilinguals and support their language development. Teacher candidates who possess knowledge of language acquisition and culturally responsive teaching are in a better position to support multilingual students and advocate for their needs. This minor helps to make teacher candidates more effective and employable in the field.

Program last updated

Fall 2024