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Course : ESL Methods

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2021
Bridwell Hall, 205
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, April 26, 2021 12:00 am


  1. Students will learn the theoretical basis of language and language acquisition competencies.
  2. Students will learn theories of cognitive development in ESL contexts.
  3. Students will learn language development and language acquisition models and models for instruction in ESL contexts.
  4. Students will acquire linguistic knowledge of English for L2 (English).
  5. Students will explore strategies of first- and second-language acquisition to promote students’ English language development.
  6. Students will plan and implement effective and appropriate ESL instruction using factors that affect ESL students’ learning, language and culture.
  7. Students will use a variety of classroom organization techniques, program models, and teaching strategies to integrate language skills.
  8. Students will understand formal and informal assessment procedures and instruments (language proficiency and academic achievement) used in ESL programs.
  9. Students will be exposed to standards-based procedures used with ESL students.
  10. Students will learn about family and community involvement trends that contribute to an effective English learning environment.


This course is designed to include both lecture and in-class participation.  It will provide students with learning opportunities that will allow them to develop and practice the skills to become ESL teachers as well as critical, reflective, and active practitioners.


All assignments must be submitted in hardcopy. Final grade will be determined by the number of points earned through completion of the following assignments and your attendance. You are required to finish all of the assignments in order to receive a complete final grade.  If you have any unfinished assignment, you will receive “incomplete” on your final grades till you completely finish all course required assignments. Meanwhile, you will lose 10 points on your final grade. Special Notes: some in-class projects and supplemental articles may be required, but not listed specifically in the syllabus. You will be informed in class and/or-via email of any changes to the calendar.



Assignment                                                                Points

Participation                                                                 100

Journal Entry                                                                200

Supplemental Test (short/long version)                       150

ESL Project Presentation                                            250

            Multicultural Book Project                                 300


Total                                                                           1000



A= 900-1000               Work that is outstanding and exemplary

B= 890-800                 Work that is above the minimum requirements  

C= 790-700                 Work that meets expected level of performance for most students   

D= 690-600                 Work that falls short of minimum criteria

F= 590 below              Work that falls well below the expected level of performance for most students.





  1. This course has a strict attendance policy. Professional teachers are dependable, reliable, and responsible. Therefore, you are expected to be on time and in attendance at every class. Tardiness, leaving early, and absences are considered evidence of lack of dependability and are taken seriously.


  1. If you are absent, your grade will be reduced.

1st Absence – No penalty.

2nd Absence – 70 points deducted from your final grade average

3rd Absence – 150  points deducted from your final grade average

More than 3 absences – additional 100 points deducted from your final grade average for each absence beyond the first 3.

If you have an unexpected medical treatment, you must turn in a doctor’s note at the time you return to class. It is your responsibility to provide the written

   documentation to the instructor to avoid the loss of points

  1. Punctuality is also expected for all classes. Arriving 7 minutes late for the class is considered a tardy. Three tardies will result in a loss of 50 points from your final point total. Five tardies will lose 100 points in your final point total. When you arrive 15 minutes after class has started or leave before it ends you will be counted absent for that class period. 
  2. Do not use your laptop to do any assignments in the class. You are supposed to do your assignments after the class.


Turn cell phone off during class time. No texting is allowed. Texting is very distracting in the class. Do not do


No late work is acceptable. 50 points per day will be deducted for late assignments. Arrangements for exceptional cases must be made AT LEAST two days prior to the due date, but only one time per semester. Turn in your assignments with a hard copy on the due day which is listed on the course calendar.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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