About the Program
In choosing the TESOL minor, you will become a part of the close and supportive education community at Westminster. A small student-to-instructor ratio, your group of peers, and a personalized academic experience filled with support in every class ensure you will leave Westminster with the knowledge, support system, and connections you need to succeed in your career.
What You'll Learn
- Develop an understanding of the cutting-edge research and theory that supports English learners
- Gain an understanding of the structure of the English language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse)
- Demonstrate an understanding of language variation and cross-linguistic differences
- Gain knowledge of first and second language acquisition and the development of bilingualism/multilingualism
- Explore language acquisition theories as a lens for thinking critically about social inequities in local/global contexts and developing a personal teaching philosophy
- Practice creating and implementing a wide range of instructional materials, approaches, and methods for learners at different stages of development and from differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds, gaining hands-on practice in local schools and/or community centers
- Develop the ability to use a wide range of assessment tools for including informal/formal, individual/group, and formative/summative instruments
- Design, implement, and assess K-12, post-secondary, community programs focused on multicultural language/literacy education in English, gaining hands-on practice in local schools and/or community centers
Examine how languages are learned—discuss prominent language acquisition theories and how they apply in instructed settings, analyze learner language, and explore individual differences in learning an additional language. Additionally, apply your knowledge of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics to teaching diverse language learners.
Content Methods for Diverse Language Learners
Explore and apply methods and strategies through fieldwork to promote comprehensible interaction in the content areas for early childhood, elementary, secondary, and adult language learners. The course emphasizes the design of standards-based differentiated lesson plans for diverse language learners in heterogeneous content area classes as well as sheltered content area courses for secondary students.