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Courses for World Lanaguages - MAT

The faculty of the School of Education take pride in the curriculum they teach. Whether just beginning in the field of education as an undergraduate student or pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree, the coursework will prepare students to confidently and effectively make a difference in classrooms, school districts, and communities.

Fall 1

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GSCE 520

Introduction to Teaching

This course has two primary goals: (1) To explore what “good teaching” is by looking at: (a) your own experience as a learner; (b) theories of teaching and learning; and (c) current standards for teaching; and (2) To have you experiment with different approaches to teaching, with an emphasis on: (a) Reflecting on successes and areas where improvement is needed; and (b) Seeing things through students’ eyes.

3
GSCE 583

Supervised Secondary Field Experience

This transcripted course will provide the student primarily with experiences in secondary schools and occasionally in agencies, and community settings. This course must be completed during the first 12 credits of registration and is a prerequisite for student teaching.

0
GESL 510

Theories and Practices of Second Language Learning

This course will include nine major components that encompass all aspects of SLA from theory to practice: 1- a comparison of first and second language acquisition processes; 2- second language development models such as First Language, Attention, Experience, and Social Theories as well as CPH/Maturation, Ecological Theory, Chaos Theory, and Inter-language; 3- language teaching settings, and learner variables including cognitive styles, motivation, identity, attitudinal orientations, language socialization, learning strategies; 4- integrating academic language, culture, and literacy skills in content classes; 5- approaches and methods in language teaching - from Grammar Translation to current trends including Content-Based, Learner-Centered, and Task-Based Approaches; 6- planning and teaching receptive skills (listening, reading), productive skills (speaking, and writing), and complementary skills (vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation); 7- ESL materials evaluation, selection, design, and development; 8- CALL and ESL instruction; and 9- readings on current developments in ESL teacher education (to be determined by students and instructor).

3
GFDE 500

Foundations of Assessment of Middle Level and Secondary Education

This course covers foundations of assessing student learning. Focuses on understanding topics in measurement and assessment including reliability and validity, teacher made tests, diagnostic, screening, achievement and other standardized tests, goals, objectives, targets and standards, ethics and legal issues, objective, subjective, performance and authentic approaches to assessment.

3
  9

Spring 1

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GILT 511

Technology and Education

Examines the pedagogy of teaching digitally, the use of technology as a teaching strategy for the classroom, and the impact of school-related legislation and leadership roles available in instructional technology.

3
GSCE 631

Instructional Techniques

The focus of this course is on planning for pupil involvement with particular emphasis on selection of content, activities, materials and instructional techniques to improve school teaching in the content areas.

3
GSCE 632

Instructional Techniques Level Two Field Experience

This field experience will provide Graduate Secondary Education teaching candidates with opportunities to connect, apply, and reflect upon the ideas, strategies, and theories of effective teaching explored in GSCE 631 Instructional Techniques to the practical setting of a secondary school classroom. This Level 2 field experience is the transition between previous Level 1 observational field experiences and Level 3 interactive field experiences.

0
GESL 512

ESL Curriculum and Assessment

This course provides a general overview of curriculum and assessment in ESL education. More specifically, the first half of the course focuses on theoretical and practical issues related to the ESL curriculum, including the origins of language curriculum development, students’ needs analysis, learning situation and setting analysis, planning goals and learning outcomes, ESL course planning and syllabus design, instructional materials selection, adaptation and development, and approaches to language program evaluation. The second half of the course, on the other hand, sheds light on the processes of language testing, including teaching and testing, kinds of language tests, validity, reliability and backwash effect in L2 testing, stages of test development, common test techniques, testing productive, receptive, and complementary language skills. It also touches upon currently debated assessment and evaluation issues such as testing overall L2 proficiency, age and L2 testing, standardized tests, and process-oriented assessment: dynamic, authentic and portfolio assessment. In this course, students will also get a working knowledge of the application of fundamental L2 curriculum development and testing principles to particular L2 settings and language skills with actual data sets and exercises in several class sessions.

3
  9

Summer 1

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GFDE 510

Teaching and Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

This course provides opportunities to analyze assumptions about knowing, teaching, and learning; to study theories of human learning and their relationships to motivation, development, and teaching; and to reflect on and project your own teaching and learning practice based on theoretically sound principles.

3
GSPE 501

Exploring Inclusive Practices

This online course allows teacher candidates from various disciplines to explore methods and supports for delivery of instruction to students with high incidence disabilities. A foundation will be laid for acquiring the necessary background and skills in the process(es) of universal design, differentiated instruction, and co-teaching. With an emphasis on literacy development, candidates will become familiar with adapting curriculum based on student learning needs, IEP, and 504 plan goals and objectives, and environmental considerations.

3
GESL 518

Integrated Literacy in the Content Areas

Since the purpose of this course is to integrate ESL teaching strategies into content-area instruction, it provides opportunities for participants to tailor content-area instruction and to design appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of ESL students. Participants in this course, thus, will explore theories, experience the research, and integrate literacy in the content areas teaching to help ESL learners. To prepare ESL students to cope with the academic mainstream, ESL teachers must help the learners acquire not only the language skills, but also the critical thinking and study skills required in content-area classes. This course explores strategies and approaches used to help ESL learners so that ESL students can benefit from inclusive classes. They will also develop the ability to communicate their understanding of integrating literacy in the content area to students, parents, content area teachers, and administrators. Content area language instruction will cover ESL teaching in several areas including Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Science, Mathematics, Social studies, and Physics.

3
  9

Fall 2

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GSPE 655

Secondary Practices and Transition

This course will be taken with Transition Seminar and Transition Practicum. This course is designed to provide an overview of critical issues for students with challenging needs in secondary school settings, as well as the process of transitioning to post-secondary education, employment and community involvement. The course content focuses on: secondary curriculum, strategies for successful inclusive school experiences, transition planning as well as global support strategies. These strategies are designed to support persons with challenges in becoming successful independent, as well as interdependent adults in a complex society.

3
GESL 521

TESOL Methods

This course provides instruction on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) methods, focusing on receptive and productive skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Additional attention will be given to vocabulary. Class sessions will focus on practice related to these five important skills. Educational philosophy behind the suggested methods will be discussed. Lecture. Offered spring only.

3
GSCE 593

Secondary Education Methods Field Experience

This field experience provides opportunities for teaching candidates to connect, apply, and reflect upon the ideas, strategies, and theories of effective teaching promoted in the secondary methods courses to the practical setting of a secondary school classroom. These experiences are designed to foster personal and professional growth in preparation for student teaching and entry into the teaching profession.

0
  6

Spring 2

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GSCE 589

Secondary Student Teaching

Student teaching.

6
OR 3
GSCE 591

Secondary Teaching - PA Component

Student teaching.

3
  6

 Total Degree Credits 39