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Tesol Research & Methodologies (grades 7-12)

This course builds on the content covered in the Research and Methodologies (PreK-6) course by exploring the TESOL language learning methods and research that apply in middle and high school settings. Special attention will be paid to the social, emotional, and academic needs of adolescents with interrupted formal education (SIFE) and long-term English language learners (LTELLs). Participants will develop an understanding of how adolescent identity, language proficiency levels (entering, emerging, transitional, expanding, and commanding), middle and high school culture and curriculum, and local and state assessments all impact planning and instruction for adolescent ENLs. Using this grounding, participants will determine appropriate language materials, instructional technology, translanguaging strategies, environmental supports, and effective ENL service models to differentiate for the diverse listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities and needs of their emergent bilingual students across content areas. Participants will develop skills in collaborating with a range of colleagues to create inclusive learning environments and effective classroom management strategies aimed at integrating emergent bilingual adolescents fully into their classroom communities. The course will explore how participants can advocate for an integrated and flexible role of ENL service delivery, preparing participants to design both stand-alone and integrated ENL experiences, as well as differentiating existing curriculum to better meet the needs of students. Prerequisite: TESL 660.