Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

EDU 208 - English Language Learners

Course Description

This course focuses on the development of foundational knowledge for teacher education students to assist English language learners successfully in their future classrooms. Students will gain a basic understanding of the processes of second language acquisition and an understanding of the influence of culture on the educational process as viewed from current theoretical and pedagogical perspectives. The course content follows Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines for pre-service teachers for meeting the instructional needs of English Language Learners.
The basic premise of the course is that teachers play an important role in creating a positive classroom learning environment and bringing school success, especially for English language learners. Students will be supported to develop essential dispositions, skills, and knowledge to fulfill this important role while exploring the issues of culture, language, learning contexts, instruction and professionalism. Students will study these five major courses topics through courses readings, class discussions and cultural explorations of our own and others’ cultures while engaging in individual, social, and experiential learning opportunities together.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of language systems, structures, functions, and variation
Identify the process of acquiring multiple languages and literacy skills, including the general stages of language development
Identify the differences between academic language and social language
Identify socio-cultural characteristics of English language learners including educational background and demographics
Describe how English language learners’ cultural communication styles and learning styles affect the learning process
Describe how English language learners cultural values effect their academic achievement and language development
Identify bias in instruction, materials and assessments
Demonstrate cross-cultural competence in interactions with colleagues, administrators, school and community specialists, students and their families
Observe culturally and/or linguistically diverse instructional settings
Integrating research, concepts and theories of second language acquisition to plan customized instruction for English language learners
Integrating the PA Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) for English Language Learners in PreK-12 grades to guide effective instructional planning and assessment
Implement appropriate research based instructional strategies to make content comprehensible for all English language learners
Using collaborative, co-teaching models for serving English language learners
Demonstrating knowledge of the legal responsibilities as well as professional resources and organizations related to serving English language learners
Identify issues related to standards based formative and summative assessments for all English learners
Define common terms associated with English language learners

Students must have completed ECE 130 or EDU 110 with a grade of C or better
Recommended: Students should be able to read and understand the textbook, and have competent writing and organizational skills to allow them to complete assignments.
Students should be able to use the internet for research

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: Prereq: ECE 130 or EDU 110 grade a "C" or better