Certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL) for Teachers




A working knowledge of academic and conversational English opens the doors of opportunity for countless new Americans. The English as a Second Language program at Concordia will provide you with a minor degree or certificate to become a licensed ESL instructor. Class instructors pass their ESL classroom experience directly to you, starting with the fundamentals of how to teach in a range of settings from large non-profit centers, small classrooms, or one-on-one settings.

The ESL curriculum can be taken as a minor or certification program. Individuals who complete the ESL program who are currently licensed or eligible for Wisconsin DPI Teacher licensure are eligible for the ESL #395 license.

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“I’m always available to answer questions, and I work very hard to give students the support they need.”
CUW Online faculty

Goals / Objectives

  • Effectively lead instruction in academic english comprehension and understanding
  • Best practices in teaching advanced english vocabulary and syntax
  • A solid theoretical and practical foundation in the methodology of foreign language learning
  • Eligible for Wisconsin DPI Teacher licensure: ESL #395

Career Outlook

  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Teacher in a blended (English and Non-English speaking) school
  • ESL Tutor
  • ESL Program Director

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English as a Second Language

Study of a Modern Foreign Language –
with a minimum of 6 residence credits (Note: up to
6 retroactive credits may

Cross-Cultural Communication (COMM 460) - Credits: 3

Course Description

CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION stresses individual participation in intercultural human transactions. The various obstacles of trust and understanding found between culturally diverse groups will be studied. Prerequisite: COMM 105 or 201, ENG 104.
Basic English Linguistics (ENG 240EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

BASIC LINGUISTICS is an introduction to the elements of linguistics, including a study of the phonetic alphabet and morphology
Literacy: Reading Writing, and Grammar Strategies (ED 316EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

ELL LITERACY: READING, WRITING AND GRAMMAR STRATEGIES provides students with opportunities to review, evaluate and adapt materials for use in teaching reading, writing and grammar to ESL learners. Students will gain facility in matching and adapting tests and materials to the needs of different kinds of ESL learners.
Accommodating Differences in Literacy Learners (ED 317EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Teachers learn to prepare students in five broad areas that are instrumental in working with learners who have varying levels of language and literacy delays: relevant criteria used for determining language and literacy delays in children; relationships between cognition, speech, and language; cultural and linguistic differences; instructional arrangements for diverse learning styles; and core components of effective literacy instruction.

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