Are ESOL Preparation Courses for me?

Southwestern College Professional Studies offers a series of three exam preparation courses designed to prepare educators for the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) licensure exam. Obtaining ESOL licensure is beneficial for any educator, and especially those who teach in areas where there is a growing population of ESOL students and families. Educators with ESOL licensure will be able to better connect with their students and be more marketable as a teacher. School districts with ESOL licensed teachers will also find that they are better equipped to meet the needs of ESOL students and families.

This series of courses may be applied toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree with Southwestern College Professional Studies, or as professional development credits required to maintain a state teaching license.

While there is a progressive order suggested for these courses, coursework can be completed in any order. Additionally, licensed teachers can take the ESOL licensure exam at any point, so the exam could be taken after completing one, two, or all three of the courses.

Courses

EDUC 470/570 Introduction to Language and Linguistics

EDUC 480/580 Second Language Acquisition and Cultural Identity in Language

EDUC 490/590 Teaching English as a Second Language and Assessing Language Competency

Course Descriptions

EDUC 470/570 Introduction to Language and Linguistics

This is an introductory course in language and linguistics, which explores the nature, structure and diversity of language, emphasizing the phonological, syntactic and semantic patterns of English. Prospective teachers will explore the principles of linguistic systems and major theorists and schools of linguistic thought in anticipation of working with communities of nonnative English-speakers. This course is designed as one in a series of three courses to enable the learner to successfully pass the ESOL praxis. Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 480/580 Second Language Acquisition and Cultural Identity in Language

This course explores the theories and research of second language acquisition in order for the teacher to facilitate ESOL students’ acquisition of a new language. In addition, this class will examine the complex relationship among communication, culture and identity as it relates to language learning. This course is designed as one in a series of three courses to enable the learner to successfully pass the ESOL praxis. Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 490/590 Teaching English as a Second Language and Assessing Language Competency

This course provides the foundation for second language instruction by examining a broad range of methodologies to provide academic experiences for English Language Learners. (SIOP model included.) Application of these “best practice” concepts will be used to plan, implement, and evaluate instruction for ESOL students. An opportunity to volunteer with ESOL students for 8 hours during the course will be included. Credit 3 hours.

Admission Requirements

All three ESOL preparation courses are for college credit. The credit hours earned from completion of these courses may be applied toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree with Southwestern College Professional Studies, or as professional development credits required to maintain a state teaching license.

While a teaching license is not required to complete the courses, a teaching license is required in order to gain ESOL endorsement from the Kansas Department of Education. ESOL licensure exams are offered multiple times throughout the year by ets.org. Click here for more information about Praxis exams.