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TESL 5023: Second Language Acquisition

This course provides an introduction to the major theories of language acquisition and their applications to the instruction of ESL students.

Note: Required for the ESL Endorsement in Arkansas.

TESL 5703: Teaching English as a Second Language

This course is an introduction to the methodology in teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing English, as well as core content, to ESL students.

Note: Required for the ESL Endorsement in Arkansas.

TESL 5713: ESL Assessment

This course is an introduction to ESL assessment strategies and tools, the design and evaluation of classroom tests, and the design and use of alternative assessment strategies and tools.

Note: Required for the ESL Endorsement in Arkansas.

TESL 5723: Teaching People of Other Cultures

This course provides an introduction to issues in language and culture, including sociolinguistic variations due to age, sex, social class, and ethnicity.

Note: Required for the ESL Endorsement in Arkansas.

TESL 6003: Linguistics for ESL Teachers

Prerequisite: TESL 5023, TESL 5703, TESL 5713, and TESL 5723.

Examination of phonology, syntax, and semantics in a variety of languages, including the study of language changes, as well as regional and social variations. This course will provide students with linguistic insights into language usage, writing, reading, spelling, and vocabulary.

TESL 6013: Modern English Grammar and Usage

Prerequisite: TESL 5023, TESL 5703, TESL 5713, and TESL 5723.

Investigation of the structure of the systems of American English as it applies to teaching and learning of English as a second language. Emphasis will be on practical usage. Emanation of English grammar, mechanics, and usage; rules of punctuation, spelling, syntax, and usage related to oral and written production of English.

TESL 6023: Language and Society

Prerequisite: TESL 5023, TESL 5703, TESL 5713, and TESL 5723.

Examination of the interrelationship of language, culture, and non-verbal communication and the role each of these plays in shaping thoughts and attitudes. Students will also investigate the interactions among language, social institutions, cultural beliefs, and individual behavior and the language variations associated with geography, socio-economic class, age, and gender.

TESL 6033: Oral and Written Communication

Prerequisite: TESL 5023, TESL 5703, TESL 5713, and TESL 5723.

Examination of content and methodology in teaching listening, speaking, and pronunciation to diverse groups of ESL students.

TESL 6053: Tesol Assessment Strategies

Prerequisite: TESL 5023, TESL 5703, TESL 5713, and TESL 5723.

Examination of theory and practice in the design and evaluation of classroom tests and other assessment tools. Examination of the role of testing; survey of types of tests; criteria of tests; analysis of the tasks that require either listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the levels of communicative competence necessary to complete such tasks successfully; and evaluation of the appropriateness of various tests for ESL students.

TESL 6063: Instructional Strategies in Content Areas

Prerequisites: TESL 5023, 5703, 5713, and 5723.

Participants will learn strategies to help English language learners acquire the English language and content area objectives specified by the Arkansas core curriculum standards and the English language proficiency standards.

TESL 6066: Public School Experience

Prerequisite: Completion of the required 30 hours of graduate courses needed for the MA degree.

Supervised practical experience in the public school setting under the supervision of an ESL coordinator at the site and TESOL program director. The practicum curricular modifications and instructional practices resulting in the academic progress of the learners.

TESL 6076: Intensive English Internship

Prerequisite: Completion of the required 30 hours of graduate courses needed for the MA degree.

Supervised practical experience in an Intensive English Program under the supervision of the director of the program and the TESOL program director. The internship is one semester long. The practicum teacher will document appropriate curricular modifications and instructional practices resulting in the progress of the Intensive English learners.

TESL 6086: Overseas Internship

Prerequisite: Completion of the required 30 hours of graduate courses needed for the MA degree.

Supervised practical experience in an overseas English program under the supervision of the director of the program and the TESOL program director. The internship is one semester long. The practicum teacher will document appropriate curricular modifications and instructional practices resulting in the progress of the English learners overseas.

TESL 6143: Reading for English Language Learners

Prerequisite: TESL 5023, TESL 5703,TESL 5713, and TESL 5723.

This course will examine major differences between first and second language learners of English who are developing reading skills as well as appropriate and effective activities to promote vocabulary development and reading skills for learners whose second language is English.

TESL 6863: TESOL Practicum

Prerequisite: Completion of the 27 hours required for the MA degree or permission of the instructor.

TESL 6863 is an applied capstone course, designed for teachers to document their instruction of ESOL students, based on the 12 national ENL (English as a New Language) standards.

TESL 6891,6892,6893,6894: Independent Study

Open to graduate students who wish to pursue individual study or investigation of some facet of knowledge which complements the University's graduate program.

TESL 6991: Project or Thesis Research Continuation

This course allows students additional time to research and compose their capstone project/portfolio.