Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
After a candidate has successfully completed Admission to Program of Study requirements and approved by the appropriate chair or graduate TESOL advisor,and also completed all practicum pre-requisite courses, the candidate is permitted to participate in practical field experience in TS 735 (either section A or Section B, depending on whether they are education majors eligible to obtain a Kansas ESOL licensure or not). Candidates who are eligible to seek an ESOL licensure are supervised by ESU and school supervisors and are placed in a public school setting through ESU’s Office of Field Placement and Licensure. Otherwise, they will take section B of TS 735 which will prepare them with practical and hands-on experiences in, for example, the Intensive English Program at ESU or a similar program. Placement process and approval is done by the TESOL program director and faculty supervising this type of TESOL practicums.
TESOL Practicum Requirements, Guidelines
- TESOL Practicum candidates must complete a TESOL Teacher Work Sample (TWS) designed specifically for TESOL Licensure or MA TESOL candidates)
The Teacher Work Sample is based on the Kansas Curricular Standards for English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The purpose of the TWS is to provide the ESOL licensure and MA TESOL candidate with the information you need to best assess your own effectiveness as a teacher of English Learners. The TWS also provides Emporia State University with the data needed to evaluate your growth throughout your ESOL Licensure or MA TESOL program of study. Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they can deliver an effective instructional unit, employ meaningful classroom assessments, and analyze and reflect on their experiences. Successful candidates should have an impact on EL (English Learner) student learning. Your EL students should gain substantive knowledge and skills. The ultimate goal of the TWS is to assist you, the ESOL Licensure and MA TESOL candidate, as you:
- evaluate the setting of your district, school and classroom;
- analyze the special needs of your students in general, and your EL students in particular;
- plan and deliver an effective instructional unit;
- construct and employ challenging, meaningful classroom assessments, and
- analyze and reflect on your experience to promote your own professional growth.
TWS Assignment Description
You are required to teach a multiple week instructional sequence. (The length of an instructional sequence is determined by the candidate and the university supervisor, but generally lasts about ten academic days). You will describe the learning context and any specific instructional adaptations you make to meet the learning needs of individual students. Your instructional goals should be based on the Kansas and district-level standards and goals for the content area that you teach, as well as the Kansas Curricular Standards for ESOL which can be downloaded here. Your learning objectives must include outcomes in subject matter knowledge, skills, and reasoning abilities. You will also need to create an assessment plan including (but not limited to) measures of student performance before (pre-assessment) and after (post-assessment) your instructional sequence. You must provide a copy of the pre/post assessment(s) used. Finally, you need to analyze and reflect on your instructional design, educational context, and degree of learning gains demonstrated by your students (including ELs). The format, rubrics, and additional details of this project are shared and explained to candidates during the first evening seminar session held at the ESU campus before you start your practicum.
- In addition, the university supervisor will come to observe teaching (at least twice if not more).
Candidates are expected to teach and have EL students in their classroom. The observed lessons could be part of the sequential instructional unit used in the TESOL TWS, but they are not required to be. These are full lessons taught in a mainstream classroom that contains EL students. This means that candidates need to plan their instruction ahead of time and collaborate with both the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor.
- Candidates must help and support their EL students and cooperating teacher, collaborate with the ESOL teacher, etc.
- The ESOL cooperating teacher must complete an assessment of the candidate's observed teaching lessons (the university supervisor will provide a SIOP rubric for that).
- The ESOL Practicum may require readings and keeping a journal/reflections. Your course instructor will determine this.
- The ESOL Practicum also requires a community-connection project that involves native literacy and first language activities.
- Practicum students must meet online (via Zoom) for two seminar sessions, one at the beginning and one at the end of the semester.
Details for all these requirements will be provided by your instructor and through your syllabus.