The course will employ an academic service learning framework in preparing for and reflecting on this experiential practice. Students will receive training and supervision in teaching English as a Second Language and discuss issues as they emerge from the practica and readings. Likely themes include lesson planning, task design, individual learner differences, and socio-cultural factors in teaching ESL.
Students assist in a local ESL classroom or tutoring program for at least four hours per week or 48 hours during the academic term. Potential site placements include:
- UM Family Housing English as a Second Language program
- Family Learning Institute
- English Language Institute
- Latino academic tutoring organizations
- Ann Arbor Public School ESL classrooms
- Migrant Farmcamps outside of Ann Arbor (car required)
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Students who have experience working with English language learners and a background in applied linguistics or second language education are preferred.
In this course, students teach or assist in a local ESL classroom or tutoring program for at least four hours per week or 48 hours during the semester. In addition, students will meet with the instructor in small groups based on site placement at least once per month.