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D. EDU-134 (or EDAE-540) - Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to Adults

Course Description

This three credit hour course provides an introduction to providing instruction to adults who are developing English language proficiency. Key areas include understanding the adult ESL learner, the language acquisition process and the language skills needed to complete each Educational Functioning Level (EFL): preparing written instructional plans; delivering level appropriate instruction using techniques and resources appropriate for adult language learners; using technology; and preparing adult ESL learners to transition to postsecondary education and careers.


4.01 - Demonstrate knowledge of the language acquisition process for adults.
4.02 - Apply results from two or more types of assessments for adult ESL learners to the planning and delivery of instruction.
4.03 - Deliver level-appropriate instruction using a written outcomes-based instructional plan that integrates critical thinking skills and language skills and components (e.g. listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, vocabulary, syntax).
4.04 - Contextualize instruction based on adult ESL learners’ self-identified prior knowledge, and personal education and career goals.
4.05 - Use technology to develop and deliver ESL instruction and provide learners with the opportunity to use technology to develop English language proficiency that addresses educational and/or career goals.
4.06 - Demonstrate techniques for providing targeted, constructive error correction and for helping learners to develop the ability to monitor and correct errors.
4.07 - Apply instructional practices that support the development of independent ESL learners prepared to transition to the next step in their education and/or career pathway.
4.08 - Utilize a variety of learner grouping strategies that address learning objectives.
4.09 - Differentiate the appropriate use of the adult learners’ native language by the instructor of the learners during instruction.
4.10 - Evaluate the influence of the demographic profile and cultural norms and values of ESL learners and their instructors on instructional practices.
4.11 - Compare and contrast language teaching techniques and resources appropriate for adult ESL learners.
4.12 - Evaluate professional development options and resources for adult educators and develop a personal professional development plan.
4.13 - Identify a process for selecting level appropriate instructional materials for ESL learners (e.g. print and electronic media).
4.14 - Demonstrate knowledge of the skills adult ESL learners need to complete each Educational Functioning Level (EFL) through the delivery of language instruction appropriate to the adult learners’ EFL.