Courses

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Course Maps:    Traditional MAEd/ESL  |   Alternative MAEd/ESL     |   International MAEd/ESL  
Program Info Packets:    Traditional MAEd/ESL |   Alternative MAEd/ESL  |   International MAEd/ESL
 
Detailed Information About Each Course
This section provides the following information: course descriptions, credit hours, prerequisites, delivery formats, projected schedules, and standard syllabi. NOTE: Delivery formats, schedules, and syllabi are subject to change.

EESL 610 Second Language Acquisition
This course provides an in-depth look at major theories of second language acquisition. It explores learning environments, programs, home language, culture, and other factors that influence second language acquisition.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: None
Required for: Traditional MAEd/ESL, Alternative MAEd/ESL, International MAEd/ESL
Format: Professional learning communities with online support through Blackboard
Schedule: Fall/Spring - Mondays (5:00-7:30 p.m.)
Syllabus EESL 610
 
EESL 613 Teaching ESL in a Multicultural Society
This course provides implications of cultural pluralism for teaching, student learning, curriculum planning, and instructional techniques. It is designed to introduce students to the goals, principles, and practices of multicultural education and to sensitize students to cultural pluralism in the United States.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: None
Required for: Traditional MAEd/ESL, Alternative MAEd/ESL, International MAEd/ESL
Format: Summer module with online support through Blackboard
Schedule: 2nd or 3rd week of June (M-F, 8:30-4:30) and a day in July
Syllabus EESL 613
 
EESL 615 Grammar for ESL Teachers
This course is a critical study of aspects of Modern English grammar important for the teaching of English as a Second or Foreign Language. Students will gain an understanding of the major syntactic and semantic phenomena important for teaching ESL/EFL, become familiar with the practical and theoretical literature on teaching English grammar, participate in practical exercises of grammar correction in writing with actual ESL students, and develop and compile classroom activities for teaching points of grammar.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: EESL 610
Required for: Traditional MAEd/ESL, Alternative MAEd/ESL, International MAEd/ESL
Format: Weekly (evenings) or Summer module; with online support through Blackboard
Schedule: Fall - Wednesdays (5:00-7:30 p.m.)
               Summer - 2nd or 3rd week of June (M-F, 8:30-4:30) and a day in July
Syllabus EESL 615
 
EESL 617 Teaching English in a Global Context
This course provides a sociolinguistic perspective on the globalization of English and on the emergence and teaching of English as an International Language. Students explore dialectology, language change, language diversity, language ideology and power, national language policies, World Englishes, the growing number of non-native English speakers, and attitudes of native and non-native English speakers toward the domination of English.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: None
Required for: International Track of the MAEd/ESL
Format: Online
Schedule: Fall
Syllabus EESL 617

EESL 620 Special Topics in ESL: K-12
This course offers an overview of institutional structures that support new language learners, curriculum and teaching accommodations supported by second language acquisition theory, support networks, and legal issues.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: EESL 610
Required for: Traditional MAEd/ESL, Alternative MAEd/ESL, International MAEd/ESL
Format:  Summer module with online support through Blackboard
Schedule: 1st or 2nd week of June (M-F, 8:30-4:30) and a day in July
Syllabus EESL 620
 
EESL 625 Phonology for ESL Teachers
This learner-centered course is an introduction to phonology and its application to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. Students learn the phonological structure of the English language, analyze examples from language learner data, diagnose pronunciation difficulties experienced by English language learners (ELLs) from different first languages, and identify instructional strategies for assisting ELLs to perceive and produce challenging English sounds.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: EESL 610
Required for: Traditional MAEd/ESL, Alternative MAEd/ESL, International MAEd/ESL
Format:  Weekly (evenings) or Saturdays; with online support through Blackboard
Schedule: Fall - Tuesdays (5:00-7:30 p.m.)
               Spring - 6 Saturdays (8:00-5:00): 2 in January, 3 in February, 1 in April
Syllabus EESL 625
 
EESL 627 Teaching Adult Language Learners
This course introduces goals, principles, and practices for teaching English to adult learners, addresses the influence of varying backgrounds on adult language learning, and examines ways to evaluate adults' second language development. After learning to recognize quality components in distinct program models, as outlined by TESOL Standards for Adult Education ESL Programs, students do a critical study of community-based programs and English for Specific Purposes.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: None
Required for:  International Track of the MAEd/ESL
Format: Online
Schedule: Summer
Syllabus EESL 627
 
EESL 630 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
This course examines traditional and current approaches to teaching English to speakers of languages as well as curriculum materials, texts, and other resources.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: EESL 610
Required for: Traditional MAEd/ESL, Alternative MAEd/ESL
Format:  Professional learning communities with online support through Blackboard
Schedule: Fall/Spring - Tuesdays (5:00-7:30 p.m.)
Syllabus EESL 630
 
EESL 637 Methods for Teaching English as an International Language
This course prepares students to teach English as an International Language by using methods, strategies, and techniques appropriate for adults in ESL contexts and for all learners in EFL contexts. Engaged with approaches aligned with TESOL Standards for ESL/EFL Teachers of Adults, students plan state-of-the-art curriculum, instruction and assessment for 5 program settings: adult/community, workplace, college/university, intensive English, and English as a Foreign Language.
Credit hours: 3 
Co-requisite: EESL 610
Required for: International Track of the MAEd/ESL
Format: Weekly classes with online support through Blackboard
Schedule: Spring - Tuesdays (5:00-7:30 p.m.)
Syllabus EESL 637

EESL 640 Teaching ESL through Reading and Writing
This course examines theory, research and practice in reading and writing for second language learners. It provides implications for teaching reading and writing skills that allow second language learners to participate in the full range of academic situations.
Credit hours: 3
Prerequisites: EESL 610
Required for: Traditional MAEd/ESL, Alternative MAEd/ESL
Format: Online
Schedule: Fall/Spring
Syllabus EESL 640
 
EESL 647 Instruction and Assessment: Reading and Writing
This course addresses linguistic, sociocultural, psychological, and educational factors that affect literacy development of English as an additional language. Grounded in theoretical and practical aspects of teaching second language (L2) reading and writing to adolescents and adults in diverse communities, students learn to implement effective instructional strategies for promoting literacy in English as an additional language. To measure attainment of L2 reading and writing skills, students learn to design and conduct authentic assessments and to administer standardized assessments.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisite/Co-requisite:  EESL 610
Required for: International Track of the MAEd/ESL
Format: Saturdays blended with online
Schedule: Fall - 3 Saturdays (8:30-4:30)
Syllabus EESL 647
 
EESL 650 Strategies for Teaching Math and Science to ELLs
This course provides knowledge and strategies for making math and science accessible to ELLs at all grade levels, K-12. Classroom teachers will learn to make accommodations for teaching ELLs within a sheltered instruction framework.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: None
Elective for: Traditional MAEd/ESL
Format:  Intensive summer classes with online support through Blackboard
Schedule: 1st week of June (Thursday evening, all day Friday, and all day Saturday);
               2nd week of June (all day Saturday);
               3rd week of July (all day Monday and Tuesday)
Syllabus EESL 650

EESL 657 Instruction and Assessment: Listening and Speaking
This course examines how spoken communication is structured so that it is socially appropriate and linguistically accurate. Students learn principles and best practices for the contextualized teaching of second language (L2) listening and speaking skills to adolescent and adult learners. After exploring the purposes, types, and availability of formal testing tools to assess the attainment of these skills in English as an additional language, students also learn to generate and conduct their own tests for assessing L2 listening and speaking.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisite/Co-requisite: EESL 610
Required for: International Track of the MAEd/ESL
Format: Saturdays blended with online
Schedule: Spring - 2 Saturdays (8:00-5:00)
Syllabus EESL 657

EESL 660 Research in ESL
This course provides an overview of the primary types of research conducted in second language teaching and learning and how these methods can be used to inform teaching. It serves as an introduction to classroom-based second language research approaches.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisite: Most of coursework completed
Format: Online
Schedule: Summer/Fall (as of 2014)
Syllabus EESL 660
 
EESL 687 Practicum Seminar in Adult English Language Teaching
This inquiry-focused course guides emerging teachers in experiencing the differentiated facets of working in adult ESL and EFL environments. Students explore issues related to Intensive English Programs, English for Occupational Purposes, Program Administration, and English as an International Language. Students observe classes in regional IEPs, develop an EOP program, receive hands-on experience in administration, apply research to various adult EIL teaching situations, and do an in-depth study of an EFL context.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: 6 ESL courses and 100 pre-practicum hours
Required for: International Track of the MAEd/ESL
Format: Seminars and Clinical
Schedule: 2 seminars in June (Saturday 8:00-5:00) plus IEP visits and admin internships in Fall
Syllabus EESL 687
 
EESL 689 Internship Seminar
This course provides an opportunity to explore in depth effective ways to deliver instruction during the internship experience. It must be taken concurrently with EESL 690. Assessment is based on the coursework.
Credit hours: 1   
Prerequisites: All courses on the ALSDE's Alternative Class A checklist
Required for: Alternative MAEd/ESL
Format: Seminars and Clinical - concurrently with EESL 690 (9 hours)
Schedule: Fall/Spring - 2 Saturdays (8:00-5:00)
Syllabus EESL 689
 
EESL 690 (3 hours) Internship in ESL, N-12
The course meets the internship requirements of the state code. The internship prepares teachers to use ESL Best Practices in their daily decisions and actions in teaching, working with and assisting students and their families for whom English is a new language. The internship requires a minimum of 300 clock hours in elementary (150 hours) and secondary (150 hours) settings. Interns are engaged in the full scope of teaching activities including planning and delivering lessons, evaluating students, and conducting managerial tasks and other appropriate duties. Assessment is based on the actual internship experience.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: All courses on the ALSDE checklist and an Internship Application - due Jan. 31st
Required for: Traditional MAEd/ESL
Format: Clinical - 150 hours in Elementary and 150 hours in Secondary
Schedule: Teaching ELLs at own school plus the following -
               2 planning sessions in May and June
               3 all-day internship seminars (2 Saturdays in May or Wednesday and Thursday after Memorial Day)
               2 weeks of full-time teaching in a UAB-affiliated ELL summer program (June/July)
Syllabus EESL 690 (3 hours)

EESL 690 (9 hours) Internship in ESL, N-12
The course meets the student teaching requirements in the state code. The internship prepares teachers to use ESL Best Practices in their daily decisions and actions in teaching, working with and assisting students and their families for whom English is a new language. The internship requires a minimum of 15 weeks full time, half in an elementary school and half in a secondary school. Interns are engaged in the full scope of teaching activities including planning and delivering lessons, evaluating students, and conducting managerial tasks and other appropriate duties. Assessment is based on the actual student teaching experience.
Credit hours: 9
Prerequisites: All courses on the ALSDE's Alternative Class A checklist and Student Teaching Application - due Jan. 31st
Required for: Alternative MAEd/ESL
Format:  Clinical - Student Teaching
Schedule: Fall/Spring 7½ weeks in Elementary and 7½ weeks in Secondary
Syllabus EESL 690 (9 hours)
 
EESL 697 Practicum: Adult ELLs
This standards-based course offers practical application of the knowledge and skills learned in other courses for teaching ESL to adult language learners. After doing structured observations of professional ESL educators and participating in the corresponding debriefings, novice teachers engage in the full scope of ESL teaching activities. They plan and deliver lessons, evaluate learners and their language development, and conduct managerial tasks and other appropriate duties.
Credit hours: 3
Prerequisites: 9 courses and the Practicum Application
Required for: International Track of the MAEd/ESL
Format: Clinical
Schedule: Fall/Spring/Summer - TBA (apprenticeship teaching and 15 observations)

OTHER COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE MAEd/ESL

ECY 600 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
This course examines educational programs for various fields of exceptionality.
Credit hours: 3
Prerequisites: None
Required for: Alternative MAEd/ESL
Format: Weekly (evenings) or 4 weekends (Friday evenings and all day Saturday)
Schedule: Fall/Spring/Summer - TBA
 
EDU 500 Education as a Profession
Credit hours: 1
Prerequisites: None
Required for: Alternative MAEd/ESL
Format: 3 Saturdays (8:00-2:00) in the computer lab
Schedule: Fall/Spring/Summer
 
EEC 674 Language Development
This course examines development processes involved in language and its relationship to education programs.
Credit hours: 3
Prerequisites: None
Required for: Traditional MAEd/ESL, Alternative MAEd/ESL
Format: Online
Schedule: Fall/Spring/Summer
 
EHS 556 Classroom Management in the Secondary Schools
This course is designed to help teachers build their own personal system of discipline, consonant with their philosophies and personalities as well as with realities of students and schools. The emphasis is on successful classroom management techniques.
Credit hours: 3
Prerequisites: None
Required for: Alternative MAEd/ESL
Format: Weekly (mornings and also evenings) or Online
Schedule:  Fall/Spring/Summer - TBA
 
EHS 600 Curriculum and Methods
Introduction to the teaching profession.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: None
Required for: Alternative MAEd/ESL
Format: Weekly (mornings and also evenings)
Schedule:  Fall/Spring/Summer - TBA
 
EPR 510/511 Introduction to Measurement and Evaluation in Education
Basic concepts and principles of measurement and evaluation of personal and academic progress in classroom. Emphasis on elementary descriptive statistics and measurement techniques used in student evaluation. (EPR 510 focuses on grades K-6; and EPR 511 focuses on grades 7-12)
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: EHS 600
Required for: Alternative MAEd/ESL
Format: Weekly (afternoons and also evenings)
Schedule:  Fall/Spring/Summer - TBA

EPR 688 Seminar in Current Issues in Measurement and Evaluation in Schools
This course examines issues of standardized testing and classroom assessment for teachers and administrators.
Credit hours: 3   
Prerequisites: Undergraduate education course in measurement
Required for: Traditional MAEd/ESL
Format: Online
Schedule: Fall/Spring

last updated 7/05/2013