Minor in Bilingual Education

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The Bilingual Education Minor will help prepare you to teach dual language learners. In the minor, you’ll take classes that:

  • Help you understand the English language better
  • Teach you about the language-learning process
  • Outline bilingual assessment and teaching practices

Curriculum & Requirements

Bilingual Education/Elementary or Secondary Minor

This minor satisfies the endorsement but is explicitly recommended for current K12 teachers who want to obtain a bilingual certification. The Bilingual Education Program also offers a major for those students preparing to teach dual language learners who wish to demonstrate their commitment to learning an additional language.

World Language Requirement

Acceptance to the program is contingent upon scoring Advanced-Low or higher on both the oral and written ACTFL tests. As the State of Washington, Professional Educator Board (PESB) requires bilingual education candidates to pass the ACTFL oral and written tests with a score of Advanced-Mid or higher in order to get the certification, candidates who score Advanced-Low on any of the ACTFL tests will be asked to prepare a plan to pass the ACTFL oral and written tests at the end of the certification at the Advanced-Mid level. This plan will require them to take some upper-division world language courses.

This minor satisfies the endorsement but is specifically recommended for current K12 teachers who wish to obtain a bilingual certification.

Grade Requirements: the minimum cumulative GPA for this program is ≥2.7.

Required English as a Second Language Courses
ESLG 480SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
ESLG 489CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM4
Required General Modern Languages Courses
GNML 391PRINCIPLES OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION5
GNML 392PRACTICES AND ASSESSMENT FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATION5
GNML 393PRACTICUM: BILINGUAL EDUCATION (variable credit course; must be repeated )6
Total Credits24

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Sample Courses

GNML 391. PRINCIPLES OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ENGL 201; concurrent enrollment with GNML 393.
This course is designed to develop a conceptual foundation on issues related to bilingual education and prepare you for a teaching portfolio and the West-E "Bilingual Education" exam. As a result, the course will focus on various aspects of bilingual education and apply a variety of bilingual methods and strategies. You will be exposed to a series of primary sources, current research and strategies for keeping your knowledge up-to-date.

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GNML 392. PRACTICES AND ASSESSMENT FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: GNML 391; concurrent enrollment with GNML 393.
This course is designed to outline some of the foundational elements of effective and successful bilingual schools. It will also cover related to assessment and the measurement of bilingualism. The final goal is that you be able to develop your own lessons and teaching practices. On becoming a teacher, you will also learn ways of keeping your knowledge of research and practices current and up-to-date throughout your teaching career.

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ESLG 480. SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ENGL 360 or permission of instructor.
This course briefly reviews the various linguistic systems and their importance in language learning. Acquisition theories are introduced. The developmental process of interlanguage and the factors that impact effective language learning are covered. This course includes practical understanding of how SLA theories relate to instructional choices.

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ESLG 489. CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM. 4 Credits.

This course provides an introduction to the various cultural and linguistic backgrounds in the region. It covers the impact of background cultures on the interactions that occur and expectations that exist in school environments. It also provides an understanding of the role of culture in developing theories about what it means 'to read'.

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