Looking to take some classes towards an ESL Certification? Or are you a part of the Urban Education Program at the College of New Jersey? If so, check out this review on two courses that are part of your academic requirements to obtain your ESL Cert!

ESLM 577: Socioliguistics and Cultural Foundations in ESL

Professor: Dr. Debra Billman

This course, taught particularly by Billman, is very important for educators that will be working with English Language Learners. It teaches about sociolinguistics and the similarities and differences between English and other languages. Readings associated with videos and project assignments really tie a lot of the content together and give interesting perspectives of the different social factors that affect language acquisition.

This graduate course is offered once a week from 5:00-7:30 pm (course professors and times are subject to change semester to semester). There are papers alongside a Cross Cultural Awareness and Discourse Project which really lend to the learning you will be doing in the course.


ESLM 578: Theory and Practice in ESL

Professor: Dr. Yiquiang WU

This graduate course is a discussion lecture class. In this course, you will learn many theories and foundations related to second language acquisition. It is helpful for future educators in learning how to facilitate the process of teaching a second language. This course offers strategies on how to apply these theories into your classroom and how you include in your curriculum. This ultimately helps to strengthen the implementation of the English language for learners whose native language differs.

This class is discussion-based with a handful of individual and group projects. The course is offered once a week in the 5:00-7:30 pm time frame (course professors and times are subject to change semester to semester).

These courses are not only mandatory, thus required for your major and your certification to teach English as a Second Language. But they also are very beneficial in getting to know more about what you can do for your English Language Learners (ELLs) in the classroom. These two classes teach you a lot about the unique struggles that English Language Learners face in the classroom. Whether or not you decide to become an ESL teacher or a general classroom teacher, you probably will have a handful of ELLs from different areas depending on where you teach. This class is extremely helpful in allowing you to understand how to connect with these learners, who may be having trouble with the acquisition of the English language.



Liz Michelle

I'm a graduate student at The College of New Jersey. I am an Urban Elementary Education major and am in a 5 year program where I will earn my Master's and ESL Certification.

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