About this program
This program is accredited by the Minnesota Professional Education and Licensing Standards Board (PELSB) to meet the standards for being licensed to teach ESL to students in K-12 classrooms.
The English as Second Language (ESL) minor is designed for students interested in the knowledge, skills, methods, and strategies for working with urban English Language Learners in K-12 schools. With completing a few more courses and practicum experience, students will meet the requirements to add a K-12 ESL teaching license to the initial teaching license being completed as part of your major and Bachelors degree. This minor can also be a program of interest for those who work with English learners outside of the school setting.
Students successfully completing this program will meet the following standards for ESL licensure:
- understands a variety of methods, techniques, and program models suitable for second language instruction with diverse learners including adapting existing materials to meet the needs of English learners.
- uses various content-based methodologies and integrates language acquisition and use of language functions across learning experiences to facilitate full inclusion of English learners in the school setting.
- communicates successfully with students, parents, colleagues, and community members.
- understands communication instruction in the second language context and the importance of developing communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing across the curriculum.
- understands and uses formal and informal second language assessment techniques with criteria to determine appropriate placement and to evaluate the progress of English learners.
- understands the contributions of general and applied linguistics to second language education.
- understands the fundamentals of the first and second language acquisition processes and their similarities and differences.
- understands how the historical, social, and political aspects of language and cultural patterns in the United States influence second language instruction.
- understands the teaching of English as a second language that integrates understanding of English as a second language with the teacher's understanding of pedagogy, students, learning, classroom management, and professional development.