Undergraduate Course Descriptions
TESL 109A: First-Year Experience: Chicago Speaks: Helping Immigrants Communicate, 3 cr.
In this course, the four foundations (Future Planning, Academics, Self-Discovery and Transitions) of the First-Year Experience are interwoven with the field-specific concepts and terminology of teaching English as a second language (TESL). This course introduces the structure of the English language and methods of teaching it to speakers of other languages. This involves investigating the pronunciation and grammar of English as well as looking at ways to teach these subjects along with listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to English Language Learners (ELLs). The course will involve a service-learning component in which students will tutor ELLs in various sites throughout Chicagoland. As students study the basics of teaching English as a second language, they will develop academic skills that will contribute to their success in college and beyond.
TESL 301: The English Language for Teachers, 3 cr.
All language teachers must understand how the English language works and must be able to describe how it works. This course is designed for future teachers of the English language. It covers the structure of sounds, words, phases, and sentences; language use; and the structure of meaning of the English language, with applications of each topic to the teaching of the English language and English language arts.
TESL 310: English Grammar: Description and Instruction, 3 cr.
All teachers of English as a second or foreign language must have a good descriptive knowledge of English grammar as well as an arsenal of techniques for instructing their students. This course is intended to help future ESL/EFL teachers develop an understanding of the structure of the English sentences and the problems that non-native students face when learning English grammar. This course will also investigate ways of teaching grammar to English language learners.
TESL 320: Language and Culture, 3 cr.
Anthropological, psychological and linguistics study of various aspects of the interconnections of language and culture. Topics may include Japan, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Maya, Latin American, Native American, Afro-American, the hearing impaired. Prereq.: TESL 301
TESL 320k: Language and Culture of Latin America, 3 cr.
Anthropological and linguistics study of various aspects of the interconnections of language and culture within the region of Latin America, with particular emphasis on the Caribbean. Topics covered will include colonial history, creoles, language contact, and Caribbean English. Prereq.: TESL 301
TESL 330: Language, Society and Education, 3 cr.
Researchers who study the relationship between language and society or culture are in a unique position to provide insight into language- and culture-related social problems. This course is based on the notion that many educational problems are related to differences between students' home language or dialect and the "official" school variety. It examines the relationship between language, culture, and society, with particular attention to how factors such as class, gender, race, and ethnicity impact student performance in the classroom. Issues of identity, bilingualism, and language prejudice will also be addressed.
TESL 340: Teaching English as a Second Language: Practices and Procedures, 3 cr.
Practices and techniques related to the teaching of English as a second language, in ESL or bilingual education programs; meant for those students who are not yet teaching in the field.
TESL 341: Teaching English as a Second Language: Principles of Language Teaching, 3 cr.
Theories and principles underlying the teaching of English as a second language to limited-English speaking children and adults. Survey of various methodologies in second language teaching and bilingual education. Reviews relationships between language and culture and discusses the major problems in language education.
BLBC 342: Assessment in the Bilingual Classrooms, 3 cr.
Study of recent developments and trends in the assessment of language in the context of bilingual education. Analysis and evaluation of bilingual tests in current use. Review of relevant assessment procedures. Prereq.: Prior approval from the Department of Education.
TESL 343: Assessment of the Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) Student, 3 cr.
Testing and assessment as they relate to limited English proficient students; information on instruments and procedures for testing language and cognitive development; proficiency, placement, and achievement testing. Students look at well-known standardized testing devices such as the bilingual syntax measure and the TOEFL test, at cultural and instrumental bias in testing, and at procedures for writing and evaluating classroom tests and various test item types. Prereq.: TESL 340 or TESL 341.
TESL 345: Linguistics and Reading, 3 cr.
Relationship between language structure and the reading process with emphasis on the practical problems such as the variety of dialectally different sound-symbol-correspondences in English, the perception of speech sounds, the reader's interpretation of syntactic and semantic structures, various alphabetic systems for teaching beginning reading, and an analysis of linguistics texts for teaching reading. Designed to be useful to the in-service classroom teacher as well as to undergraduates.
TESL 399: Clinical Experience in Teaching English as a Second Language, 1 cr.
This course is designed to provide on-site experience in teaching English to non-native speakers in grades K-12. Students will observe and work with a master teacher and be supervised by a TESL/TEFL professor. Students will engage in classroom discussion and various projects based on the classroom work. Prereq.: TESL 340 and permission of the instructor.