Multilingual Education Courses

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.

MLE 301
Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I: Second Language Acquisition in Context
4 credits
Develops and applies knowledge of language structure and second language acquisition to effective instruction and assessment for English language learners (ELLs). Considers cultural, classroom, and policy contexts that support effective and equitable education for ELLs. Includes fieldwork for classroom observation and instruction assignments. Prerequisites: Passing scores on the WLCE, EDU 201 and 255.

MLE 302
Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II: Early Childhood Literacy and Content Instruction
4 credits
Introduces design and implementation of early childhood sheltered lessons that integrate content and academic language goals. Provides experience in differentiating instruction for ELLs at different proficiency levels. Develops strategies for advancing reading and writing skills of young ELLs. Includes lesson planning and implementation in early childhood practicum classrooms. Prerequisites: MLE 301, EDU 305 and 327. Corequisite: EDU 436.

MLE 303
Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II: PreK-8 Literacy and Content Instruction
4 credits
Introduces design and implementation of PreK- 8 sheltered lessons that integrate content and academic language goals. Provides experience in differentiating instruction for ELLs at different proficiency levels. Develops strategies for advancing reading and writing skills of ELLs. Includes lesson planning and implementation in PreK-8 practicum classrooms. Prerequisites: MLE 301, EDU 337. Corequisite: for Elementary Education majors EDP 447, for Special Education majors SPP 460 or 470.

MLE 501
Effective Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I: Second Language Acquisition in Context
3 credits
Develops and applies knowledge of language structure and second language acquisition to effective instruction and assessment for English language learners (ELLs). Considers cultural, classroom, and policy contexts that support effective and equitable education for ELLs. Includes fieldwork for classroom observation and instruction assignments. Should be taken prior or concurrent with EDU 505.

MLE 502
Effective Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II: Early Childhood Literacy and Content Instruction
3 credits
Introduces design and implementation of early childhood sheltered lessons that integrate content and academic language goals. Provides experience in differentiating instruction for ELLs at different proficiency levels. Develops strategies for advancing reading and writing skills of young ELLs. Includes lesson planning and implementation in early childhood practicum classrooms. Prerequisite MLE 501. Corequisite: EDP 526

MLE 503
Effective Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II: PreK-8 Literacy and Content Instruction
3 credits
Introduces design and implementation of PreK- 8 sheltered lessons that integrate content and academic language goals. Provides experience in differentiating instruction for ELLs at different proficiency levels. Develops strategies for advancing reading and writing skills of ELLs. Includes lesson planning and implementation of PreK-8 practicum classrooms. Prerequisite: MLE 501.

MLE 530
Supporting and Assessing Second Language Development
3 credits
Examines the use of the WIDA and other assessments to plan ESL instruction for children at different proficiency levels. Develops skill at ESL instruction using sensory, graphic and interactive supports. Explores how to incorporate “funds of knowledge” and family support into the ESL curriculum.

MLE 535
First and Second Lang Acquisition
3 credits
Explores theories and research in first and second language acquisition in a variety of sociocultural contexts. Examines stages of second language acquisition with attention to contextual and individual factors affecting pace and outcomes. Considers developmental trajectories in phonology, grammar, lexicon and pragmatics, as well as in receptive and expressive language.

MLE 540
Professional Knowledge for English as a Second Language Teaching
0 credits
Consolidates background in theory, research, and practice related to ESL instruction. Addresses core concepts in linguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics and literacy; examines practices for academic language and literacy development and assessment. Surveys Sheltered Immersion and other ELL instructional approaches. Prerequisite: initial teacher license. Pre or corequisite: HDF 702, RDG 530, MLE 530 and 535.

MLP 610
Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language
1 credit
150-hour supervised practicum in the role of teacher of English as a Second Language. Candidates assess English language learners, promote oral language and listening skills, develop children’s reading, writing, and academic language, and engage in outreach to families. Drawing on formal and informal assessment, candidates deliver differentiated sheltered content instruction. 

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