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ESOL Endorsement - Online Cohort

Date: January 13 PST Location: Online

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ESOL 600-01 - Historical and Legal Foundations of Educating ESOL/Bilingual Students

This course offer an examination of the history of trends and attitudes toward immigrants and learners of English as a second language. Topics include the psychological, social, and political characteristics of bilingualism and biculturalism in the United States and abroad. 

ESOL/bilingual teaching will be considered in light of laws, research findings, and second-language acquisition theory. 

Participants will explore the distinction between language difference and disabilities and provides an overview of legal issues pertaining to second-language learners and special and gifted education students. 

Course content provides critical reading of research-based programs, English-language proficiency standards, and standardized test measures, as well as ensures that educators are not only able to plan and implement programs designed for the optimal learning of all students, but also gives educators the tools to advocate for equity in their schools and school communities.

Course Details & Registration

Dates: January 13-April 21, 2014

Instructor: Shane Burchell

Degree-applicable credit: 3 semester hours

Please check the Lewis & Clark Bookstore for information regarding required textbooks.

This course is offered as part of the ESOL/Bilingual Education Endorsement Program online cohort. Interested in joining the cohort or just registering for this class? Contact the Center for Community Engagement at 503-768-6040 or

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