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English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

This credential is excellent preparation for teaching in our nation’s increasingly diverse learning communities. More and more school districts are requiring teachers to obtain this endorsement. North Park’s ESL endorsement program will give you practical experience in an ESL school setting along with specific courses in teaching and assessment of ESL students. Our faculty are experienced teaching professionals who will get to know you in small classes.

In the endorsement program, you will gain hands-on classroom experience in an ESL setting; understand the basic principles of linguistics; explore the relationship between language and society; build a personal framework for teaching a second language; learn assessment techniques of ESL students; and examine multicultural and socioeconomic activity.

Upon completion of the endorsement, you’ll understand ESL education methods in both theory and practice, and be able to serve as an effective teacher in the ESL classroom setting.

Our program will help you meet the requirements for earning this endorsement: a valid professional Illinois teacher certificate; bilingual clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience in ESL programs; and credits totaling 18 semester hours from among the course topics we offer.

Courses

Six classes are required for the ESL endorsement. These courses are available to both undergraduate and graduate students; undergraduate course are 3000-level, graduate courses are 5000-level. Click on a course title below to read the description for that class.

EDUC 3540 – ESL Practicum
The purpose of this course is to observe and assist a teacher in an ESL school setting for a minimum total of 100 clock hours. The requirements for this course may also be met through certification of three months of teaching experience with ESL students. Only those who have verification by a principal or other administrators of three months of teaching ESL students prior to entering the program may take this for no credit. To be taken at the end of the five-course ESL course sequence.

EDUC 3601 – Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to the basic principles of linguistics, the study of human language. Origins of language; what it means to know a language; comparisons of the difficulty levels of different languages; how children acquire language and common threads that may connect languages will be explored.

EDUC 3602 – Sociolinguistics and Cross Cultural Differences
Exploration of various aspects of the relationship between language and society. Culture, sex differences, communities, dialects, and speech will be examined.

EDUC 3603 – Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Foreign Languages
Philosophical and theoretical considerations for teaching a second language. An explanation of theories as well as comparisons among the different theories of teaching a second language will be explored. The student will build a personal framework for teaching a second language. Kindergarten through high school student populations will be the focus of attention including design and sequencing of ESL courses.

EDUC 3604 – Assessment of ESL and Foreign Language Students
Assessment techniques of ESL students. Different types of assessment instruments, the theoretical viewpoints of these instruments, and testing procedures in general will be discussed. Assessment of all levels of proficiency and grade levels will be considered. Co-requisite: EDUC 3540.

EDUC 3605 – Method and Materials for Teaching ESL and Foreign Languages
Introduction to the various methods of teaching a second language in K-12 based on the philosophies and theories that were presented in 3603. Strategies used when working with ESL or second language students and exposure to the issues of multicultural diversity and socioeconomic diversity.

EDUC 5540 – ESL Practicum
The purpose of this course is to observe and assist a teacher in an ESL school setting for a minimum total of 100 clock hours. The requirements for this course may also be met through verification of three months of teaching experience with ESL students. Only those who have verification by a principal or other administrators of three months of teaching ESL students prior to entering the program may take this for no credit. To be taken at the end of the five-course ESL sequence.

EDUC 5601 – Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to the basic principles of linguistics, the study of human language. Origins of language, what it means to know a language, comparisons of the difficulty levels of different languages, how children acquire language, and common threads that may connect languages will be explored.

EDUC 5602 – Sociolinguistics and Cross-Cultural Differences
Exploration of various aspects of the relationship between language and society. Culture, sex differences, communities, dialects, and speech will be examined.

EDUC 5603 – Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Foreign Languages
Philosophical and theoretical considerations for teaching a second language. An explanation of theories as well as comparisons among the different theories of teaching a second language will be explored. The student will build a personal framework for teaching a second language. Kindergarten through high school student populations will be the focus of attention, including design and sequencing of ESL courses.

EDUC 5604 – Assessment of ESL and Foreign Language Students
Assessment techniques of ESL students. Different types of assessment instruments, the theoretical viewpoints of these instruments and testing procedures in general will be discussed. Assessment of all levels of proficiency and grade levels will be considered.

EDUC 5605 – Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL and Foreign Languages
Introduction to the various methods of teaching a second language in K-12 based on the philosophies and theories presented in 5603. Strategies used when working with ESL or second language students and exposure to the issues of multicultural diversity and socioeconomic diversity.

Alumni Profile
Kosta Dalageorgas

Kosta Dalageorgas teaches English skills to entering students at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey. Learn more about Kostas.