Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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TESOL Teacher Education Standards

Standard #1 The teacher ESOL understands the contributions of general and applied linguistics to second-language education, including the understanding of the sound system, forms, structures, and the lexicon of English.
Standard #2 The teacher of ESOL understands the fundamentals, similarities, and differences of first- and second-language acquisition.
Standard #3 The teacher of ESOL acknowledges the diverse, historical tapestry of cultures that make up the United States and the role language plays in the development of cultural identities.
Standard #4 The teacher of ESOL effectively communicates with students parents, and members of various cultural groups in the community.
Standard #5 The teacher of ESOL understands the importance of using language in socially and culturally appropriate ways by developing communication skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing, and representing visually across the curriculum.
Standard #6 The teacher of ESOL understands and uses formal and informal first-and second-language assessment techniques to evaluate the progress of English language learners, including knowledge and use of assessment tools to determine program placement, exit criteria, and participation in state assessments.
Standard #7 The teacher of ESOL understands and uses a broad range of methodologies to provide academic learning experiences for English language learners, understands and uses strategies that encourage full participation of English language learners in the school environment, and understands the foundations of second-language instruction.
Standard #8 The teacher of ESOL demonstrates a high level of proficiency in English commensurate with the role of an instructional model.
Standard #9 The teacher of ESOL understands and uses a variety of methods and techniques suitable for second-language instruction for English language learners with special needs, including the ability to adapt existing materials in collaboration with teachers of students with exceptionalities to meet the needs of all English language learners.
Standard #10 The teacher of ESOL understands and uses a broad range of literacy methodologies, programs, and assessment tools for English language learners and acknowledges the important role of family literacy in second language acquisition.