This class was tough.
I would highly recommend this class as Dr. Wilson is a master ESL educator. She pushes her students to go beyond the obvious textbook answers and to examine how they would apply linguistic knowledge to the classroom. For example, how would you use the knowledge that Mandarin Chinese varies greatly from English to assist your students in the second language acquisition process? You must think through the process of teaching, carefully, and share your findings with classmates.
I learned that helping students learn English is a complex process and requires, at minimum, a basic understanding of linguistics. I, also, learned what is required to teach ESL in a non-public school setting by interviewing the director of enrollment, at Teaching House, a small, private language and teacher training school. The knowledge I gained in ELL 242 helped cement my career goal of teaching ESL to adults and gave me the confidence to know that I can, indeed, do it.
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Advice for students:
To succeed in this course, you must be prepared to study. Do not simply read the book, then paraphrase information you read. Also, be ready to engage in intellectual discourse with your classmates and explain what you learned, how you arrived at your conclusions, and how you would apply your knowledge to the classroom.