Whitworth University Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Studies

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  • For educators earning an English Language Learner Endorsement
  • Enroll at any time
  • Courses on campus during the evening
  • 13 credits
  • Credits may apply toward M.Ed. degree
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Courses & Study

ELL Endorsement coursework is offered in the evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. The 13-semester-credit program includes the following courses:

ELL Endorsement Courses - on campus in the evenings

Fall and Spring Semesters
EDU 361/561 - Second-Language Acquisition
(3 semester credits)

Course topics include theories of how students acquire a first and second language plus the sociocultural and political factors that affect second-language acquisition. We then use the understanding of second-language acquisition to explore ways to support English learners as they not only learn a new language, but are also given access to the core curriculum.

Fall and Spring Semesters
EDU 362/562 - ELL Methodology
(3 semester credits)

Language learners must progress in four domains of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Some researchers include the skill of viewing, as well. True academic achievement requires content experience involving all of these domains. Therefore, this course provides a myriad of practical classroom methods to achieve proficiency in all domains within core curriculum expectations. We will also address awareness of these domains in assessment practices.

Spring Semester
EDU 363/563 - ELL Methods in Language Arts and Reading
(3 semester credits)

Content centers around the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), intertwined with the Washington State English Language Proficiency Standards. We’ll explore and practice strategies for scaffolding content reading tasks for English learners; we’ll also address the literacy needs of English learners in their core curriculum subjects and look at ways in which instructors of core subjects can increase content achievement while supporting literacy needs.

Fall and Spring Semesters (Jan Term for undergraduate students only)
EDU 364/564 - English Language Learner Field Experience
(3 semester credits)

This ELL Field Experience course provides an opportunity for students to implement the knowledge and strategies learned in ELL on-campus courses. Students practice designing accommodations for individual ELL students and gain proficiency in redesigning lessons in order to provide effective access to the content for English Learners.

Pre-service teachers are placed in classrooms with linguistic and cultural diversity for field experience. Assignments may also take place in the teacher's own classroom for in-service teachers.

Fall Semester
EDU 367/567 - Introduction to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Education
(1 semester credit)

Course content includes the examination of both personal and institutional cultural proficiency in education. We will explore the impact of cultural and linguistic diversity on academic achievement along with the crucial skills for effective intercultural communication. Also included is the examination of one's own cultural values, attitudes and beliefs as they influence instruction and assessment practices used with P-12 students in the content areas.

The WEST-E Exam

For a Washington state endorsement in English-language learning (ELL), students are required to pass the WEST-E exam in ELL and to complete all required coursework with a grade of C or above.

The Whitworth University institutional code is 253. Go online to www.west.nesinc.com to register and explore additional information about the exam. States other than Washington have other exam requirements. Before Whitworth can process your endorsed certificate from OSPI, all endorsement requirements must be completed, and the passing results of the WEST-E exam must be received by the Whitworth Educational Certification Office.