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.

School of Education & Health Sciences

Department of Education

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.

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English Language Learner Minor

Teacher candidates earning an initial teaching license at North Central College may elect to add a minor in English Language Learning leading to an endorsement by taking an additional six courses. Adding the English as a Second Language endorsement allows candidates to teach in ESL programs in grades Kindergarten through 12. Electing to add the ELL minor may require a student to take more than 128 credit hours at NCC.

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

Minor Requirements

  • EDUC 383 - Methods and Materials to Teach English Language Learners

    EDUC 383 - Methods and Materials to Teach English Language Learners

    4.00 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.

    Prerequisite(s)

    LANG 380. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 384.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 384 - Practicum in Teaching English Language Learners

    EDUC 384 - Practicum in 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. Required: 50 field experience hours. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent Enrollment in EDUC 383.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 385 - Assessment of English Language Learners and Bilingual Students

    EDUC 385 - Assessment of English Language Learners and Bilingual Students

    2.00 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. Required: 25 field experience hours.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 270 - Foundations of Language Study

    ENGL 270 - Foundations of Language Study

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to linguistic principles through a study of modern English. Students examine approaches to language and linguistics: morphology, syntax, phonetics and phonology and semantics. Child language acquisition, adult second language acquisition and recent developments in neuroscience and computer science are also introduced.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 and CARD 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LANG 380 - Theoretical and Methodological Foundations for Teaching ELLs

    LANG 380 - Theoretical and Methodological Foundations for Teaching ELLs

    4.00 credit hours

    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. Taught in English.

    Schedule Of Classes

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

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

    2.00 credit hours

    Develops 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. Taught in English.

    Prerequisite(s)

    LANG 380.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Any foreign language course at 100-level or above (high school equivalency may not be used for this requirement)

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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