ESL / Bilingual Program

UTEP offers an endorsement pathway in English as a second language (ESL) and Bilingual education to graduates of UTEP and CPS teachers. During residency year of UTEP, students complete the first two of the six required courses for the ESL and Bilingual endorsements. The course pathway provides students with an overview of the underlying principles, characteristics, and applicability of various methods of teaching ESL and explores historical and current trends in instructional approaches, methodologies, and techniques for successfully engaging ESL students.

 

Learn more about the coursework required for an ESL endorsement:

 

Course Number Course Name Course Description
UTEP 37100 Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education Summer Quarter / Autumn Quarter 
This course studies the historical and legislative foundations of ESL and Bilingual education, the types of bilingual programs, their advantages and the principles of Bilingual education. Additionally, this course will also study the conceptual, linguistic, sociological, and political foundations of ESL and Bilingual education.
UTEP 37200 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL Autumn Quarter 
This course will give an overview of the underlying principles, characteristics, and applicability of various methods for teaching ESL. It will expore the historical and current trend of instructional approaches, methods, and techniques. This course will also explore methods and techniques for teaching specific language skill areas, and look at current issues in language teaching, including language assessment standards.
UTEP 37300 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students Winter Quarter 
This course studies cultural diversity in classrooms in the United States and how theories of ethnicity, acculturation, and intercultural communication impact the classroom. Students will explore their own background and ethnicity to gain the knowledge and dispositions to address the instructional needs of ELLs. This course will help teachers create classrooms that promote equity and an appreciation for diversity.
UTEP 37400 Assessment of Bilingual Students Winter Quarter 
This course studies the different ways to accurately assess students in ESL and Bilingual programs in academic content and English language proficiency. This course will also critically review the different modifications and accomodations given to language minority students when given standardized tests, identify different assessment techniques, and consider the relationships between English language proficiency, academic achievement, and the socio-cultural dimensions of testing and assessment.
UTEP 37500 Teaching Literacy to Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students Spring Quarter 
This course will explore issues related to language acquisition and its relationship to literacy development. Students will explore cultural diversity, second language instruction, first and second language development, and ESL and Bilingual education, and how these different issues impact the teaching of reading and writing of English language learners. Students will also learn strategies that help English language learners use their home language to maximize their learning.
UTEP 37600 Linguistics Spring Quarter 
This course provides an introduction to language as a system, first and second language acquisition processes, implications for teaching English language learners taking into account the four language domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—and implications for teaching content-specific language (math, science, and social studies).

 

Learn more about the coursework required for the bilingual endorsement:

 

Course Number Course Name Course Description
UTEP 37100 Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education Summer Quarter/Autumn Quarter 
This course studies the historical and legislative foundations of bilingual and ESL education, the types of bilingual programs, their advantages and the principles of bilingual education. Additionally, this course will also study the conceptual, linguistic, sociological, and political foundations of bilingual and ESL education.
UTEP 37200 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL Autumn Quarter 
This course will give an overview of the underlying principles, characteristics, and applicability of various methods for teaching English as a second language (ESL). It will expore the historical and current trend of instructional approaches, methods, and techniques. This course will also explore methods and techniques for teaching specific language skill areas, and look at current issues in language teaching, including language assessment standards.
UTEP 37300 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students Winter Quarter 
This course studies cultural diversity in classrooms in the United States and how theories of ethnicity, acculturation, and intercultural communication impact the classroom. Students will explore their own background and ethnicity to gain the knowledge and dispositions to address the instructional needs of ELLs. This course will help teachers create classrooms that promote equity and an appreciation for diversity.
UTEP 37400 Assessment of Bilingual Students Winter Quarter 
This course studies the different ways to accurately assess students in Bilingual and ESL programs in academic content and English language proficiency. This course will also critically review the different modifications and accomodations given to language minority students when given standardized tests, identify different assessment techniques, and consider the relationships between English language proficiency, academic achievement, and the socio-cultural dimensions of testing and assessment.
UTEP 37501 Methods and Materials for Teaching in Bilingual Classrooms Spring Quarter 
This course focuses on the methods of teaching bilingual education, bilingualism, and bi-literacy. Different bilingual programs, dual language programs, and their characteristics are explored as are their implications for the school, home, and community. Language and literacy instruction and assessment in bilingual and dual language programs are also explored. In this course the applications of materials, assessment, language teaching styles, and the use of technology in bilingual education settings are studied and analyzed.
UTEP 37600 Linguistics Spring Quarter 
This course provides an introduction to language as a system, first and second language acquisition processes, implications for teaching English language learners taking into account the four language domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—and implications for teaching content-specific language (math, science, and social studies).