Learn to instruct students who were raised in homes where English was not the primary language. Learn to instruct students who were raised in homes where English was not the primary language. Learn to instruct students who were raised in homes where English was not the primary language. Learn to instruct students who were raised in homes where English was not the primary language. Learn to instruct students who were raised in homes where English was not the primary language.

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English Language Learner

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Why choose English language learning at North Central College?

America has always been a melting pot, but demand is higher than ever for teachers who can instruct children raised in homes where English is not the primary language. North Central’s minor in English language learning (ELL) helps you meet this pressing need—and positions you well in a competitive job market.

You will also:

  • Complete our intensive 100-hour field experience requirement.
  • Acquire state endorsement in English as a second language (ESL).
  • Acquire state endorsement in bilingual education with language proficiency and a bilingual methods course.

More Department information

English Language Learner Minor

Elementary education majors seeking this minor are required to take over 51 credit hours in EDN; students must complete 69 credit hours outside of EDN to graduate.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Education.

Minor Requirements

19 credit hours, including:

  • EDN 383 - Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners in ESL/Bilingual Programs

    EDN 383 - Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners in ESL/Bilingual Programs

    3.00 credit hours

    Focuses on methods, approaches and materials used in the teaching of English as a second language. Methods of teaching different language skills as well as theories and practices to differentiate instruction to respond to K-12 English language learners' needs are introduced. Students are engaged in developing, implementing and evaluating lesson plans and materials. This course requires 50 hours of field experience, Practicum.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MCL 380.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 384 - Field Experience in Methods of Teaching English Language Learners

    EDN 384 - Field Experience in Methods of Teaching English Language Learners

    1.00 credit hours

    Designed to provide students with an extended supervised field experience in an elementary, middle, or secondary school classroom with an emphasis on teaching English language learners. Students observe, assist, and teach several lessons under the joint supervision of a cooperating teacher in the school and a supervisor from NCC. Student must develop lesson plans, conduct the lessons, and evaluate their own teaching of these lessons in consultation with the cooperating teacher and the supervisor. Students submit written lesson plans along with their reflective self-evaluations after the teaching of the lessons. Req: 50 field experience hours.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 385 - Assessment of the ESL/Bilingual Students

    EDN 385 - Assessment of the ESL/Bilingual Students

    3.00 credit hours

    Provides a comprehensive understanding of using assessment data to make informed decisions for the education of English language learners (ELLs). It allows the participants to become aware of critical issues related to the assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Participants develop the ability to select, construct, administer, interpret and communicate the results of measurement instruments appropriate for English language learners. Participants investigate a variety of formal and informal assessment tools to determine and monitor ELLs' English proficiency in academic settings. Participants are also involved in diagnosing and providing effective instructions to meet the needs of ELLs. This course includes a 25-hour field experience.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 383.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 370 - Language and Linguistics

    ENG 370 - Language and Linguistics

    3.00 credit hours

    An investigation of the essentials of human language: what it includes (sounds, words, sentence patterns and meanings), how it works, how it varies in social settings and how it changes across time. Required for Secondary Education majors seeking certification in English.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MCL 380 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students

    MCL 380 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students

    3.00 credit hours

    This course provides students with an overview of the theoretical foundations of ESL and bilingual education. Students are introduced to the historical, philosophical, political, social and educational issues that have contributed to models serving language minority students. A focus on second language acquisition and its impact on learning is provided. Historical trends and legal issues related to second language learning and bilingual education in the United States are discussed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MCL 382 - Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners

    MCL 382 - Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on students' development of an awareness and understanding of various cultural and linguistic factors that are important in addressing the needs of English language learners. Based on theories of cultural studies and intercultural communication, students examine and analyze behavioral expectations and learning styles of learners from different cultural backgrounds and their impact on cross-cultural teaching and learning. Includes 25 hours of clinical experience. 

    Prerequisite(s)


    MCL 380.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • BIO 300 - Human Sexuality: A Clash of Values

    BIO 300 - Human Sexuality: A Clash of Values

    3.00 credit hours

    In traditional topics in human sexuality (e.g., natural essence of sexuality, reproductive biology, sex research, marriage and other arrangements, reproductive issues) there is a clash of values both within a culture and between cultures. This course includes such controversial issues as religious perspectives, pornography, the media, prostitution and female circumcision. The latter components serve to explore problems that result from the clash of values.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EAS 165 - Introduction to East Asia

    EAS 165 - Introduction to East Asia

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to major themes in the cultural history of China and Japan. Foundational texts of East Asian philosophy, religion and literature are read and discussed in their historical context. Important works of East Asian art and film are viewed and analyzed. The goal is to develop a basic familiarity with the evolution of Chinese and Japanese civilizations from their ancient foundations to their modern manifestations.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.
    IAI

    S2 908N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 330 - Multicultural Literature of North America

    ENG 330 - Multicultural Literature of North America

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of one or more North American ethnic culture's practices and values through the lens of literature. Students examine oral, musical, religious, philosophical and historical conditions, or traditions that have influenced the formation of ethnic literatures and American culture as a whole.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 380 - Global Literature

    ENG 380 - Global Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    An interdisciplinary study of world literatures, focusing on selected topics and regions, usually connected to the College's annual international focus. Texts are examined in the context of the history and culture of their regions. This course may be repeated once with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 330 - East Asian Thought

    HST 330 - East Asian Thought

    3.00 credit hours

    An historical survey of the East Asian intellectual tradition based on the reading of primary sources in translation and focusing on the cross-fertilization of ideas between the three major intellectual traditions of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 348 - The Age of Discovery: Europe 1300–1700

    HST 348 - The Age of Discovery: Europe 1300–1700

    3.00 credit hours

    This course examines the concept of discovery, broadly defined, from the years 1300–1700. It examines the impact and consequences of European exploration of the East and West. The course moves beyond the scope of exploration to consider intellectual discoveries in science and theological and social discoveries that define and clarify concepts such as, but not limited to, rationality and belief and orthodoxy and heresy.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level history course or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 370 - Seminar in Global History

    HST 370 - Seminar in Global History

    3.00 credit hours

    This seminar examines history on a global scale, with a focus on the period since World War II. Special attention is paid to cultures outside the U.S., as well as to an interdisciplinary perspective, through themes that can include exploration, religion, women's studies, urbanization or economic development.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 385 - The World Wars of the Twentieth Century

    HST 385 - The World Wars of the Twentieth Century

    3.00 credit hours

    World War I ended Europe's global domination, brought the U.S. to world leadership, and sowed the seeds of subsequent political crises from Nazism to the breakup of Yugoslavia. This seminar considers reasons for the outbreak of war in 1914 and the impact of that struggle both short-term and long term. The focus here is primarily on political questions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level history course or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    Considers the ways in which conflict, both domestic and abroad, is created and/or exacerbated as well as resolved by religion and ethnicity. The course draws on the resources of many traditional disciplines in understanding the causes and solutions to ethnic and religious conflict, including political science, law, sociology and communication theory, as well as the newer field of peace studies. Students consider a range of religious and cultural contexts in which conflict exists or has existed, including, but not limited to, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the American Southwest.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 315 - Buddhism

    REL 315 - Buddhism

    3.00 credit hours

    A detailed exploration of the historical evolution of Buddhism from its initial formulation in India to its various incarnations in Southeast, Central and East Asia, as well as its more recent manifestation in North America. Particular attention is given to the distinctions between the three major branches of the religion (Theravada, Mahayana and Tantrayana), as well as to the theory and practice of individual sects such as Zen and Pure Land.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 345 - Religion, Ritual and Symbol

    REL 345 - Religion, Ritual and Symbol

    3.00 credit hours

    A cross-cultural examination of religious beliefs and religious institutions, and the symbolic meanings and social functions of myths and rituals. Special emphasis on the beliefs and practices of selected indigenous peoples.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Course work in religion or SOA 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 330 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities

    SOA 330 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of racial and ethnic diversity in American society, with a focus upon racial and ethnic inequality; prejudice, discrimination and institutional racism; patterns of race and ethnic relations; racial and ethnic responses to racism and subordination.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 100 or SOA 190.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 363 - Mayas, Aztecs and Their Neighbors

    SOA 363 - Mayas, Aztecs and Their Neighbors

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuity and change, diversity and commonality among the indigenous peoples of Mexico, Guatemala and northern Central America from first human occupation to the present. Emphases on indigenous politics and transnational flows of people, culture and material.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of SOA 105, SOA 155 or three CORE Social Science courses.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 421 - Indigenous Peoples and the State

    SOA 421 - Indigenous Peoples and the State

    3.00 credit hours

    The multi-dimensional study of the clash of cultural values, attitudes and ideologies that commonly occurs in global encounters and relationships between state systems and native peoples. Economic, socio-political and ideological issues are among the topics covered.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 105 and Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 363 - Classical Asian Theatre

    THE 363 - Classical Asian Theatre

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of classical Asian theatre traditions, including the Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku theatres of Japan; Beijing Opera and Yuan drama of China; Sanskrit and Kathakali dance dramas of India; Korean p'ansori dramas and mask dances; and the Balinese Dancers of Indonesia. The course explores the ways in which these performance traditions reflect each country's heritage, religion and culture.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • USS 300 - Urban and Suburban Studies

    USS 300 - Urban and Suburban Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    Interdisciplinary exploration of the cultural and sociological dimensions of metropolitan regions. The course is international in scope, explores both cities and their suburbs and provides the opportunity to examine leadership, ethics and values in a metropolitan context through the concept of social justice.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Any language course at or above 310 in CHI, FRN, GER, JPN, LAT and SPN

Note:

Students who want to also apply for the Bilingual Education endorsement must successfully complete a bilingual methods course (EDN 386) and pass a language proficiency examination in the non-English language to be taught. Students seeking this endorsement must add an additional three credit hours overall to graduate (e.g., elementary education majors will need a minimum of 131.5 total credit hours).

English Language Learner Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Careers

Recent graduates in English language learning include:

  • English as a second language certified teacher
  • Bilingual education certified teacher
  • Elementary education teacher
     

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