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EDEU500-EK2 - Theory/Foundations of ESL Programs

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Explore how historical, political, sociocultural, and educational events, policies, laws, and issues drive and affect education of linguistically and culturally diverse students in programs serving English Learners in schools. Become familiar with services and programs are to be provided to ELL students in ESL and Bilingual programs based on local, state, and federal policies and laws. Explore program delivery models and various theories of Second Language Acquisition (SLA), bilingualism, and sociocultural variables.

Registration Restriction: Open to any educator in ANY district/system who holds a minimum of a BA/BS degree.


The following are required to meet the professionalism goal of this course ...

1) Proof of membership in the local affiliate of the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) AND

2) Active contributions to professional Facebook ESL/Bilingual Teacher Groups are required.

The IL NABE affiliate is the IL Association of Multilingual Multicultural Education ( To search for other local NABE affiliates, visit


Fully online, self-paced, instructor supported

Up to 75 days allowed for completion

Enrollment begins with 48 hours after registration is processed


  1. Analyze, explain, and apply knowledge about the history, research, and current policies and practices in the field of EL education, nationally and within one’s own state
  2. Analyze and explain the historical, political, sociocultural, and educational concepts and issues that affect education of linguistically and culturally diverse students in schools
  3. Compare and contrast stages of L1 and L2 language development and the impact on BICS and CALPS
  4. Compare and contrast additive and subtractive theories of bilingual education, including principles, characteristics, and terminology
  5. Explain the effects of additive and subtractive theories of bilingual education on students, families, and communities
  6. Explain how each theory of bilingual education influences program development and implementation
  7. Analyze programs serving English Learners within one’s school to determine the degree to determine their theoretical foundations
  8. Demonstrate ability to advocate for English Learners and/or families
  9. Analyze and explain local, state, and federal policies/laws regarding entitlement and appropriate school services for English Language Learners
  10. Demonstrate ability to distinguish between issues related to L2 development and disabilities
  11. Explain issues and practices related to assure fair and equitable assessment of ELs with perceived learning disabilities
  12. Demonstrate understanding of professionalism such as ethics, the role of the EL teacher as advocate for students and families, and resources for continued professional growth
  13. Utilize resources from national and local professional organizations, social media groups, local community organizations, and other sources available to support professional growth opportunities to issues emerging in practice for teachers of English Learners

IL Section 27.425 Rules Standards for ESL Teachers

  • IL27.425-5A1: demonstrates knowledge of history, research, and current policies and practices in the field of EL education and applies this knowledge to meeting the needs of Els
  • IL27.425-5A2: demonstrates knowledge of both additive and subtractive theories of bilingual education and understands the effects of these practices on students, families, and communities
  • IL27.425-5B1: participates in professional growth opportunities, collaborates and builds partnerships with other professionals and community organizations, and advocates for
  • IL27.425-5C1: demonstrates understanding of the benefits of multilingualism and incorporates ELs' cultural and linguistic assets into their practice in order to help ELs be socially and academically successful
  • IL27.425-5C2: demonstrates understanding of how to work collaboratively with families of ELs and communities to improve the learning environment, provide support, and advocate for ELs and their families
  • IL27.425-5D: demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between language and power

Graduate credit

A final grade will be based on the quality of the final completion project submitted. Grades are issued through Brandman University. Only those who complete all workshop requirements (attendance, participation, and projects) at a “satisfactory” level will be eligible to apply for credit.

Here is the course outline:

Welcome and Introduction (1-2 hrs)

This section helps assure your success when working in the course. You will be introduced to details about the OnlineClasroom, the ASPD/Brandman relationship, credit, tax information, and other administrative issues.

EDEU9388-MOD1 Legal foundations for educating ELLs

How do laws, decisions of the courts, and actions of the Executive Branch of government drive programs and practices in the education of LEP students in districts, schools, and classrooms in the United States?

EDEU9388-MOD2 Theories of Second Language Learning (6-7 hours)

This module is the equivalent of TWO modules. What are the theories about how a new language is learned and what are the practices associated with implementing programs related to each theory?

EDEU500-MOD2 Theories of Second Language Learning (6-7 hours)

In this module, you will study the theories about how a new language is learned. Practices associated with implementing programs related to each theory will also be introduced.


Why can students be fully engaged in conversation with friends on the playground and in the lunchroom but claim they don't know what you're talking about in the classroom?

EDEU9388-MOD4 Differences between L1 and L2 Acquisition

What are the similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition? How does this information affect classroom practices with L2 learners?

EDEU9388-MOD5 Final Project Preparation

In this module, you will take the time to prepare interview questions to be used when conducting interviews as part of your final project.

EDEU9388-MOD6 Code Switching

What is code switching is, who does it, why, and when?

EDEU-MOD7 Theories about teaching Migrant Students

What issues impact the education of migrant students and how can schools effectively meet their needs?

EDEU9388-MOD8 Theories about the Education of Refugee Students

What unique needs of refugee children?

EDEU9388-MOD 10: Final Project

Complete and submit the final project here.

EDEU9388-MOD9 Professionalism and Advocacy

What is your personal philosophy about educating English Learners? What are the professional responsibilities associated with teaching and supporting English Learners? What professional organizations exist? What advocacy responsibilities does a teacher of English Learners have?

Course Evaluation

Tell us about your experience in this course.

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