ESOL Endorsement/Compliance Program Overview


Ranked the State of Florida’s No. 1 for Elementary Education Programs in ESOL, The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement, compliance, and infusion program in the College of Education at Florida A&M University was established to enable Teacher Candidates and In-Service Teachers, Guidance Counselors and School Administrators, through university course work, to be in compliance with Section IV of the Florida Consent Decree. Section IV identifies key school personnel that must receive specialized training in order to teach students whose first language is other than English (English Language Learners) by modifying teaching, counseling, and management strategies to accommodate the linguistic, cognitive, and cultural needs of ELLs.  The College of Education (COE) offers 4 distinct courses to meet the ESOL Endorsement or compliance needs of these key personnel. The anchor course, TSL 3080HB Introduction to ESOL Theories and Practices, and capstone course, TSL 4321E Issues, Methods, and Strategies for Content Area Teachers, are specifically designed to meet the ESOL Endorsement coursework and training requirements for Elementary Education and English Education majors. For Secondary Education and Elective/PE majors needing to meet the ESOL compliance requirement for their particular content areas of study, the COE’s ESOL Program offers TSL 4081E Survey of ESOL Methods. Other essential school personnel identified under Section IV of the Consent Decree, such as School Administrators and Guidance Counselors, are offered a graduate-level course, TSL 5700E ESOL Issues and Strategies for Other Professional Educators, to fulfill their compliance requirement.

 

Endorsement Courses

 TSL 3080HB Introduction to ESOL – Writing Enhanced Course (WEC)

Course Description:  The anchor course is designed to introduce students to the underlying theories and principles that shape the field of ESOL.  The legal and professional issues which have shaped and influenced the field will be explored.  The course focuses on the theories of first and second language acquisition as well as the general study of language, communication, and literacy development related to classroom instruction and assessment for limited English students.  Special attention is given to the subsystems of language, role of language transfer, BICS and CALP, language pragmatics, and cultural issues in communication in addition to effective assistive technologies for working with ELLs. This course is designed for Category I majors of Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Special Education, and English/Language Arts Education.   This course is a Writing Enhanced Course (WEC).  This course is part of the ESOL-infused program at the initial level and is offered as a hybrid course.

 

 

TSL 4321E Issues, Methods, and Strategies for Content Area Teachers – Writing Enhanced Course (WEC)

Course Description:  The capstone course focuses on the theories of first and second language acquisition as well as the general study of language, communication, and literacy development related to classroom instruction and assessment for limited English students.  Special attention is given to the subsystems of language, role of language transfer, BICS and CALP, language pragmatics, and cultural issues in communication, especially in terms of teaching discrete oracy and literacy skills.  Emphasis is also placed on effective classroom management for working with linguistically and culturally diverse student populations in addition to effective assistive technologies for working with ELLs.   This course is designed for Category I majors in Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Special Education, and English/Language Arts Education.  This course is a Writing Enhanced Course (WEC).  This course is part of the ESOL-infused program at the mid-point level and is offered as an online course. 

 

 

Compliance Courses

TSL 4081E Survey of ESOL Methods - Writing Enhanced Course (WEC)

Course Description:  The compliance course is designed to introduce students to the underlying theories and principles that shape the field of ESOL.  The legal and professional issues which have shaped and influenced the field will be explored.  The course focuses on the theories of first and second language acquisition as well as the general study of language, communication, and literacy development related to classroom instruction and assessment for limited English students.  Special attention is given to the subsystems of language, role of language transfer, BICS and CALP, language pragmatics, and cultural issues in communication in addition to effective assistive technologies for working with ELLs. This course is designed for Category II Secondary Education and Category III Elective Education majors.   This course is a Writing Enhanced Course (WEC).  This course is part of the ESOL-infused program at the initial level and is offered as an online course.

 

 

Graduate Courses

TSL 5700E ESOL Issues and Strategies for Other Professional Educators

Course Description:  This graduate-level course, for Category IV Educational Leadership or Guidance Counselor majors, focuses on issues in the administration of programs designed to serve English Language Learners in P-12 public schools in the State of Florida.  It addresses specific legal, sociological, psychological, and philosophical issues concerning program development, administration and program maintenance to serve English Language Learners.  Emphasis is placed on the roles and responsibilities of school administrators, school psychologists, guidance counselors and social workers regarding issues of language development and learning, curriculum and instructional management, testing and assessment, cross-cultural communication and sensitivity, and school-community awareness.  ESOL Standards for Administrators and  Counselors with appropriate CAEP and WIDA Guidelines serve as a basis for this course.   This course is part of the ESOL-infused program.  This is a mastery level course.  This course is an e-course offered online.

 

 

Faculty Training

Under the State of Florida’s Consent Decree, College of Education faculty teaching ESOL-Infused courses are required to complete 45 hours of ESOL compliance training. 

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Rebecca Blankenship, P.h.D.

Assistant Professor,

Director of TESOL Programs

Office: GEC-B-303

Telephone: 850-599-3749

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