The CTELL Program is designed to provide 100 teachers (80 in-service and 20 pre-service) over a four-year period with a high-quality, credit-based professional development program. Select participants will enroll in a five-course, fifteen credit series over the course of one school year:
The Penn State ESL Certification Program
WL ED 400 Foundations of Language
This course is designed for practicing classroom teachers who want to further their knowledge of language acquisition/language teaching More...
WL ED 444 Language, Culture and the Classroom: Issues for Practitioners
In this course we will focus on the issues of power raised by the use of Standard English as the school language More...
WL ED 483 Evaluating Schools Performances and Programs with English Language Learners
This course provides students with knowledge of a variety of assessment instruments to identify and monitor levels of second language and content proficiencies of ELLs More...
APLNG 484 Linguistic Structures for English as a Second Language
This course is designed to enable prospective and practicing teachers to understand the linguistic structures of the English language More...
The CTELL sections of these courses combine web-based and face-to-face interactions that build knowledge and application skills, as follows:
- Core Content: Teachers read, discuss and analyze conceptual frameworks for second language acquisition/assessment through interactive online discussions and activities incorporating readings, podcast lectures, teacher interviews, and analysis of online resources.
- Professional Learning Communities: Participants, led by grade-level/content area specialists (LVWP Fellows), interact in small, online communities grouped by level/subject and conduct extensive literature reviews about ESL teaching issues, create and implement lesson plans/units, and participate in self- and peer-assessment activities.
- Action Research: Participants, grouped by schools, work with Fellows and meet regularly to design action research projects based on individual classroom needs.
- Collaboration: Participants partner with their ESL Specialist peers to collaboratively design and deliver lessons on behalf of ELLs in two collaborative workshops (one fall, one spring).
Sustaining the Conversation: The culminating event is dissemination of participants’ findings at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Diverse Literacies Conference in the fall semester following completion of the CTELL coursework.
After completing this five-course, 15 credit series, the program participants will obtain the Pennsylvania ESL Program Specialist Certificate and will have developed and implemented a variety of strategies for working with ESL teachers and ELLs in math and science.
Various performance measures will evaluate the impact of the program, such as teachers' self assessment and peer evaluations, review of inquiry projects/course assignments, and LEP student progress on standardized tests.