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EDEU504-231204-240303 - Linguistics for ESL Teachers

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Course Description

Analyze the role language plays in society. Deepen your awareness about sounds, words, sentence structure, oral and written communication, key aspects of nonverbal communication, the history of the English language, and the evolution of language. Explore elements of linguistics relevant to second language learning and teaching English Language Learners. Similarities and difference between the structures of English and other languages with emphasis on (but not limited to) languages found in the classrooms, schools, and communities of the participants as well as those of major groups in the US will be explored. Effective September 1, 2019, this course includes a minimum of 20 clock hours of on-site activities in PK-12 schools (can be completed in your own classroom if teaching English Learners). 3 credits.

REQUIREMENT:   This course requires implementation of projects in a PK-12 classroom.  Those who are not currently working in a classroom will need to find a classroom in which activities may be conducted.  Working with adults will not substitute for PK-12.

Registration Restriction

Open to ALL EDUCATORS ANYWHERE holding a minimum of a BA/BS degree

Class format: Blended delivery USING ZOOM (face to face sessions , plus online work)


  • FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS (using Zoom Videoconferencing - mark your calendar with dates)

    • The Zoom link is provided on the course DASHBOARD (Login to the course > Start Menu item > Dashboard option)

    • WHEN: This class meets for EIGHT (8) class sessions

      • TUES OR THURS: Wk of Dec 5, 12, Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13

      • 4:45pm-8:45pm (with breaks)
  • COURSE END DATE: All work due no later than Sunday, Mar 5, 2023


  • The Study of Language 8th Edition by George Yule - ISBN:  978-1009233408
    • Print or Kindle Versions acceptable
    • Purchase from the publisher, or any other vendor
    • If purchased through Amazon, a free online Kindle Reader is available for download
  • A subscription to THE PREMIUM (paid version) of is required for those enrolled in ASPD/UMass Global ESL/Bilingual endorsement courses.

    Use of Grammarly is intended to strengthen understanding about the English language.

Requirements for Participation

  • Participants need a quiet location that is generally free of external distractions such as background noises, children playing, televisions, etc.

  • AUDIO AND VIDEO participation is required at all times during the session

  • Full engagement equivalent to that in a physical classroom. Be able to ...

    • Interact and respond, on demand (Q&A, discussions, etc.)

    • Submit text based responses in the chat

    • Share screens as needed

    • Physically collaborate with others on shared documents created during class

    • Participate in interactive activities as they may appear in the course.

  • Submit assignments/activities as assigned from week to week

  • Submit final work before the course end date .

  • Remain in communication with others in the Professional Learning Community, as needed, to create a support system

Credit from University of Massachusetts School of Extended Education

Credit from University of Massachusetts School of Extended Education applies toward IL ESL, IL Bilingual, and Louisiana ESL endorsements.

Unless your registration is covered by an employer or a grant program, an additional credit fee is paid directly to Brandman after the course begins, but BEFORE the end the the 4th week of the course. (Directions are provided after the course begins)

TESOL Standards for K-12 Teachers of English Learners


Candidates demonstrate knowledge of English language structures, English language use, second language acquisition and development, and language processes to help English Language Learners (ELLs) acquire academic language and literacies specific to various content areas.

1a: Demonstrate knowledge of English language structures in different discourse contexts to promote acquisition of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills across content areas. Candidates serve as language models for ELLs

1b: Demonstrate knowledge of second language acquisition theory and developmental process of language to set expectations for and facilitate language learning

1c: Demonstrate knowledge of language processes (e.g., interlanguage and language progressions) to facilitate and monitor ELLs’ language learning in English

1d: Apply knowledge of English academic language functions, learning domains, content-specific language and discourse structures, and vocabulary to promote ELLs’ academic achievement across content areas

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