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Amanda Rooke '19

“A major part of being an ESL teacher is accepting other cultures and having a willingness to be on equal footing with everyone in your classroom. It has to be a two-way street.”

Amanda Rooke’s love of languages inspired her to specialize in ESL education. For her, language is the gateway to learning about different cultures and building respectful relationships with others.

The English as a second language (ESL) teacher preparation program is based on the philosophy that proficiency in English is essential to prosper in American society.

The English as a second language (E.S.L.) teacher preparation program is based on the philosophy that being proficient in two languages is not only an asset, but also a necessity in today’s global community. In our program, you become skilled in teaching English and learn to be comfortable reading, writing, and conversing in a foreign language. We educate competent and caring E.S.L. teachers who understand migrant and immigrant students, who know how to effectively develop the English skills of these students, and who know how to teach content areas to their students using sheltered E.S.L. methodologies.

Candidates for licensure complete rigorous coursework relating to first and second language acquisition, linguistics, language assessment, methods of teaching E.S.L., and the historical, philosophical, and legal bases for E.S.L. and bilingual education. They also become skilled in an advanced use of the English language and in a foreign language to at least a novice level of college proficiency. Massachusetts’ curriculum frameworks at the candidate’s level of licensure are understood and implemented with appropriate sheltered E.S.L. methodologies. Graduates have gone on to teach in schools or pursue master’s degrees in English as a second language.

Teachers of English as a second language will:

  • Have excellent command of the English language, appropriate for an Elms College graduate.
  • Understand and apply theories of second language acquisition.
  • Know the principles of linguistics, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of American English and its many variations.
  • Explain the basic differences between English and other languages.
  • Apply theories and methods of instruction in reading and writing in a second language.
  • Effectively teach academic content to English language learners, combining the four language skills in interactive approaches.
  • Utilize the curriculum frameworks at the appropriate level to plan instruction.
  • Employ sound language assessment procedures.
  • Select, administer, and interpret language assessment instruments.
  • Outline the historical and legal bases for E.L.L. and bilingual education.
  • Be knowledgeable about, and sensitive to, cross-cultural issues.
  • Possess fluency at an intermediate college level in a language other than English.

Quick Info

Required Credits

54

Initial teaching licenses earned at Elms College qualify candidates to begin teaching in Massachusetts and more than 40 states, islands, and territories.

Click to view course requirements for the English as a Second Language (PreK-6) (B.A.).

NOTE: In addition to the courses for ESL listed above, intermediate college-level proficiency in a language other than English is required. At Elms College, this proficiency means completion of SPA 2001-2002 (formerly SPA 201-202) or its equivalent.

Major Requirements (54 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
EDU 1000EDU 100Introduction to Schooling and Education3
EDU 1008EDU 108Writing for Educators3
PSY 2104PSY 214Children’s Learning and Development3
EDU 3109EDU 319Students with Special Needs3
EDU 4908EDU 498Developing Language & Literacy I3
EDU 4909EDU 499Developing Language & Literacy II3
EDU 4407EDU 447Bilingualism and Applied Linguistics3
EDU 3502EDU 352Issues in ESL/Bilingualism3
EDU 3101EDU 311Writing Workshop3
EDU 4306EDU 436Social Studies Methods3
EDU 3805EDU 385Inquiry-based Science Methods3
EDU 3004EDU 304Methods of Teaching Mathematics3
EDU 3505EDU 355Methods of Teaching ESL3
EDU 3600EDU 360Seminar in Professional Education3
EDU 4502AEDU 452AESL PreK-6 Initial Practicum9
SOC 3106 (formerly SOC 316) Racial and Ethnic Groups or SPA 4102 (formerly SPA 412) Hispanic Cultures in the U.S.3

Click to view course requirements for the English as a Second Language (5-12) (B.A.).

NOTE: In addition to the courses for ESL listed above, intermediate college-level proficiency in a language other than English is required. At Elms College, this proficiency means completion of SPA 2001-2002 (formerly SPA 201-202) or its equivalent.

Major Requirements (45 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
EDU 1000EDU 100Introduction to Schooling and Education3
EDU 1008EDU 108Writing for Educators3
PSY 2104PSY 214Children’s Learning and Development3
EDU 3109EDU 319Students with Special Needs3
EDU 3502EDU 352Issues in E.S.L./Bilingualism3
EDU 4407EDU 447Bilingualism and Applied Linguistics3
EDU 4908EDU 498Developing Language & Literacy I3
EDU 4909EDU 499Developing Language & Literacy II3
EDU 3101EDU 311Writing Workshop3
EDU 3300EDU 330Secondary Curriculum3
EDU 3505EDU 355Methods in Teaching E.S.L.3
EDU 3600EDU 360Seminar in Professional Education3
EDU 4503AEDU 453AESL 5-12 Initial Practicum9
SOC 3106 (formerly SOC 316) Racial and Ethnic Groups or SPA 4102 (formerly SPA 412) Hispanic Cultures in the U.S.3