Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Project ECU LEAP Courses

Project ECU LEAP Courses


Overview of Courses


Core ESL Courses (15 credits)

Methods of Teaching ESL: This course provides the foundation of learning upon which all other courses are based. The course engages participants in the theoretical and practical application of instructional approaches, methods, strategies, and techniques that have proven effective for ELL students. Through hands-on application and exploration, participants practice and assess the effectiveness of multiple instructional approaches to meet the site specific needs of their student population. (3 credits)

Assessment: This course looks at the multi-dimensional aspects of pre- and post- assessment. Both formal and informal assessment tools are explored and applied in classroom settings. Participants also learn strategies that target outcomes-based assessment, as called for in No Child Left Behind. This course empowers participants to engage in critical reflection, articulation of new knowledge, and conversion of theory into practical application. (3 credits)

Linguistics: This course emphasizes the role of literacy as a vehicle for second language acquisition. Participants learn how to build upon the language foundations and content knowledge that their students bring to the literacy process. Through a critical analysis of the stages of second language acquisition and the transfer of native language skills to the second language, participants learn to recognize the linguistic needs of their ELL students while engaged in academic tasks. (3 credits)

Cultural Communications and Understanding: This course engages participants in a cross-cultural examination of interpersonal and intrapersonal issues related to cultural diversity. Through a critical examination of social justice issues, participants learn how to empower parents and students in order to find their own voice within the educational system. Participants also learn about societal barriers related to culturally and linguistically diverse student populations and how to supersede these barriers through advocacy. At the heart of the course is the empowerment of both educators and families to create a community in which all voices are heard and celebrated. (3 credits)

Professionalism and Practicum: This course empowers practitioners to articulate the theory they have learned through practical application. Teachers create a professional portfolio that reflects their personal philosophy and relationship to the instruction of ELL students. Within the portfolio participants engage in a critical reflection about their own transformation as educators. This transformation is evidenced in the writing of a personal platform statement and collection of concrete examples in practice. Through the blending of these two elements, educators demonstrate the change they have experienced as professionals working with ELL students. (3 credits)

Rural Strategy Institutes: Project ECU LEAP will organize and deliver a summer institute for all project participants. These institutes will focus on strategies for resolving dilemmas of professional practice with ELL students in rural education settings. Regionally and nationally recognized consultants will be employed by the project to deliver research-based informative, practical, and hands-on workshops that professionally prepare target educators to appropriately address these dilemmas of practice and to enhance classroom success with ELL students in the rural/non-metropolitan educational setting. In particular, the workshops of these institutes will emphasize strategies and techniques for content area teachers of ELL students in rural schools.