This capstone course focuses on using a teacher work sample (TWS) to document lesson and unit adaptations to positively impact the teaching of K-12 ESL learners. It integrates previous coursework, synthesis of theories and application of skills and strategies to demonstrate mastery of educational effectiveness.
The course project is Teacher Work Sample: Impacting K-12 Student Learning. Candidates design, implement and reflect on a lesson plan that has a positive impact on K-12 student learning.
This course includes field-based activities that take place in a K-12 school/district community setting.
Course Learning Objectives
- Demonstrate their knowledge of first and second language acquisition and learning, including the nature of bilingualism and multilingualism, and the relationships and implications of each in the teaching of second language learners.
- Demonstrate their knowledge of the foundations of the English language and the principles of English language acquisition, including linguistics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics, and the contrast between the features and styles of English with other languages.
- Demonstrate knowledge of language teaching methodology and instructional techniques for teaching a wide range of linguistically diverse K-12 students founded on scientifically-based research and effective applications; content based strategies; selection, evaluation, design and adaptation from various cultures.
- Demonstrate their knowledge of assessment practices and applications in the instructional process.
- Demonstrate their knowledge of communication strategies and availability of resources.
- Demonstrate their ability to self assess the effectiveness of instruction, as based on the achievement of students.
MEd candidates are required to complete all area of study coursework prior to Level Two student teaching, capstone course or the principal internship. This allows for an intensive, culminating experience where teacher candidates can practice skills on a full-time basis (37+ hours per week for 16 weeks) under the supervision of a qualified mentor.