What can I do now to prepare myself to teach English Language Learners when I am in my own classroom?
Coursework in the James I. Perkins College of Education will be infused with Texas ESL Standards. Beginning in Fall 2008, all students who were admitted to teacher education and who were taking courses were prepared with the knowledge and skills to effectively teach English Language Learners and to take and pass the ESL Supplemental certification exam.
To prepare to teach English Language Learners, take advantage of the lessons your professors prepare for you. Also take advantages during your internship and student teaching to observe classrooms with high English Language Learner populations. Speak with the ESL teachers and the bilingual teachers.
Information about language acquisition, culturally relevant teaching, differentiation, and preparing lesson plans which incorporate English Language Learners’ needs will help to prepare you for teaching students in your classroom.