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Requirements for SoPA's Teaching English Language Learners Endorsement

TEL 3220 Linguistics for English Language Learning
This course introduces educators to English language structures, English language use, second language development, and language processes to support and ensure the success of multilingual learners of English. Educators will examine and assess how, when, and why core concepts and ideas from language acquisition and linguistics impact the teaching and learning of multilingual learners of English. At the completion of this course, educators will be able to identify, understand, and explain the nature of language learning challenges arising in the use of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills across different content areas. They will be able to develop and elaborate plans for instructional and learning techniques and strategies to address those language learning challenges.

TEL 3230 Intercultural Communication & Language Pedagogy
This course introduces educators to the sociocultural contexts that impact language teaching, learning and acquisition to support and ensure the development of equitable and inclusive classroom and school environments for multilingual learners of English. Educators will examine and assess the role that intercultural communication plays in how and why teachers and learners behave and communicate as they do. At the completion of this course, educators will be able to identify, understand, and explain real and potential communication breakdowns in instructional and assessment practices that impact language learning and acquisition. They will be able to recommend and design instructional and assessment strategies that demonstrate and build intercultural awareness and communication skills in teachers of multilingual learners of English and learners themselves.

TEL 3240 Inclusive Curriculum & Materials Design for Multicultural Classrooms
This course introduces educators to the concept of English learner (EL)-inclusive curriculum and materials design for multicultural classrooms. Educators will survey the steps of the curriculum and materials design process to identify opportunities for instructional decision-making that lead to greater inclusivity for multilingual learners of English. They will also examine and explain the ways in which curricula and materials create or do not create inclusive learning experiences for multilingual learners of English in multicultural classrooms. At the completion of this course, educators will be able to propose and enact modifications to curricula and materials that create greater EL-inclusivity in multicultural classrooms.

TEL 3250 Methods for Teaching English Learners
Pre-Requisites: TEL 3220 and TEL 3230
This course introduces educators to evidence-based approaches, techniques and instructional strategies used to create supportive, learner-centered environments for multilingual learners of English. Educators will develop and apply an understanding of how and why the principles and instructional strategies of content-based language learning can be effectively used to provide grade-level, standards-based instruction for multilingual learners of English. At the completion of this course, educators will be able to analyze and evaluate the appropriateness of materials and resources for multilingual learners of English, as well as use scaffolding strategies to provide comprehensible input for multilingual learners of English. They will be able to design content-based, grade-level, standards-based lessons for multilingual learners of English using the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model.