The ESL Summer Institute

LING 499/699: Issues in Teaching English Learners

A Course for Delaware Educators (fully online in 2021!)

The ESL Summer Institute is a course for all current and pre-service K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, paraprofessionals, and support staff who:

  • work with, advise, or support English learners (ELs) in K-12 schoolsDSCF0278
  • teach ELs in ESL, mainstream, special education, or content-area classes
The Institute also allows teachers to:
  • complete one or more requirements towards EL Teacher/Bilingual Education certification in Delaware
  • earn graduate credits, which may be applied towards certain master’s degrees and/or salary increments
  • accrue professional development clock hours

The Institute is offered every summer through a partnership between the University of Delaware College of Arts & Sciences and the Delaware Department of Education Title III Program Office. It is taught by faculty from the UD English Language Institute. The program is also offered as a UD course, LING 499 (undergraduate) and 699 (graduate): “Issues in Teaching English Language Learners/Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism”

2021 Online Course Information

The 2021 Summer Institute will be an online course using a mixture of synchronous (live via Zoom) and asynchronous online learning (modules you work through at your own pace). It will run in UD’s 5-week summer session from June 7 – July 9, with assignments due at the end of July. The live sessions will be organized around the Delaware public school schedule. A tentative syllabus with more information about the required books and mode of delivery is online here and will be updated regularly. If public-health conditions allow, an optional in-person meeting may be scheduled in Dover.

The course is available for professional development (at no charge) and UD graduate or undergraduate credit (see costs).

English learners are a growing and vibrant presence in Delaware’s schools. In this year’s institute, you will join colleagues from across our state online to better understand the processes of second language acquisition so as to help your ELs succeed in the classroom, develop academic language, and integrate in your schools. You will learn how to give corrective feedback, support intercultural communication, and promote bilingualism, and you will explore the laws and policies that apply to English learners.

There are two required textbooks, Second Language Acquisition Myths by Brown and Larson-Hall (Michigan) and Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning by Pauline Gibbons, 2nd edition (Heinemann). Both are available from Amazon or from the publisher in print or as e-books. See the syllabus for purchasing options.

The following options are available:DSCF0273

  • LING6993 graduate credits. Recommended for: teachers and specialists seeking certification as an EL/bilingual teacher and/or credits towards a Master’s degree and/or salary step; ARTC candidates, with approval. There are written assignments and graded online modules, suitable for a Master’s-level graduate course UD tuition rates apply (see Costs). Registration is open now. LING 699 is a substitute for LING 676, Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism in the MA TESL and Additional Certification in ESL programs.
  • LING4993 undergraduate credits. Recommended for: teachers and specialists seeking certification as an EL/bilingual teacher who already have or do not wish to pursue a graduate degree. There are written assignments and graded online modules suitable for an advanced undergraduate course.UD tuition applies (see Costs). Registration is open.
  • Professional development — Educators, paraprofessionals and administrators in Delaware schools may take the Institute without paying tuition but will not earn university credit. PDMS registration will be available so that you can earn “clock hours.”  Register for the PD option online.

Please explore this site for more information, or contact the course instructor, Dr. Nigel Caplan, Associate Professor, University of Delaware English Language Institute by email (sorry no phone calls as our office buildings remain closed — email me a number to call you if you’d prefer to speak by phone, please).