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Course Schedule (Tentative Dates - 2019)

Teaching ESL Certificate Program with Ecuador Immersion

Five required courses from two academic departments (Applied Linguistics, and Curriculum and Instruction) make up the ESL specialist certificate program at Penn State. The courses were specifically designed to meet the guidelines set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for instruction of English language learners in public school classrooms. The ESL certificate program with Students greeting in Ecuadorimmersion offers the additional benefit of intensive second language and culture learning and a mentored practice teaching experience with English language learners in an international setting.

To make it possible for teachers from outside of the local area to participate, the program is offered during mandatory weekend course sessions on the University Park campus, online instruction, and a five-week immersion experience in Otavalo, Ecuador. The first course, APLNG 484, is the only course that takes place in the spring semester; all other courses are offered in the summer sessions.

Courses at Penn State University Park

Please note that attendance in all weekend course meetings (and full participation during the Ecuador experience) is required for successful completion of the certificate.  Weekend sessions cannot be made up, so please make sure well in advance that you make arrangements to attend all course meetings.

APLNG 484 - Discourse-Functional Grammar

Jan. 20 – April 21 (12 weeks including 7-week field experience)

Feb. 9 & 10 Weekend Sessions, Sat. 9:00-5:00pm, Sun. 9:00-1:00pm

April 6 & 7 Weekend Sessions, Sat. 9:00-5:00pm, Sun. 9:00-1:00pm

WL ED 483 - Evaluation & Assessment in Schools & Programs for English Language Learners

May 18 & 19 Weekend Sessions, Sat. 9:00-5:00pm, Sun. 9:00-1:00pm

Aug. 9 & 10 Weekend Sessions, Fri. 5:00-9:00pm, Sat. 9:00-5:00pm

WL ED 444 - Language, Culture and the Classroom

June 1 & 2 Weekend Sessions, Sat. 9:00-5:00pm, Sun. 9:00-1:00pm

Course sessions continue in Ecuador

Courses in Ecuador

Ecuador Immersion – Arrive to Quito, Friday, June 14 or Saturday June 15 – Departure from Ecuador - Sunday, July 21, 2019

During the six weeks in Ecuador, key learning experiences include a teaching practicum, Spanish or Kichwa language instruction, cultural interaction with a host family, and excursions to explore other cultural groups in the region. The courses listed below are offered daily (in English) in an intensive study format. Students will also have access to an online learning space for the courses offered in Ecuador before departure.

CourseDaily Class Sessions and Practical Experience

WL ED 400 Foundations of Language in Second Language Teaching

Second language and culture learning

APLNG 493 Teaching English as a Second Language

Mentored practice teaching

WL ED 444 Language, Culture and the Classroom

Intercultural learning and global conversations module with Ecuadorian students

Completing the Program on Penn State’s University Park Campus

A final Weekend Course (WL ED 483) completes the program upon your return from Ecuador: August 9 and 10, 2019