University of Maine at Farmington 2021-2022 Catalog

 
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Students may choose a minor field of study, commonly called a minor, along with their major. A minor usually consists of 20 credits of study. Minors are optional, but many students find that a minor is helpful in providing greater career opportunities after graduation. The requirements for the various minors are listed within individual majors as well as in this section.
 
Following are the requirements for official University of Maine at Farmington minors. Contact the chairperson of the department offering the minor for an application.
 
*Starred courses have pre-requisites not included in the minor requirements.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

English Language Learners (ELL) Minor

The English Language Learners minor is comprised of a series of courses specifically designed to prepare teachers and other professionals to work with the growing population of Maine’s English language learners. The program also prepares students from a variety of disciplines to teach and work with ELLs in national and international settings.  The program addresses curriculum, cultural context, the structure of language, pedagogy, and assessment. It is meant to provide knowledge and skills regarding English language learners and their communities within a variety of contexts and occupations and helps prepare students interested in national and international opportunities such as Fulbright, Peace Corps, and graduate degrees in TOEFL/TOESL.

Track A is designed for students enrolled in an education major. It is meant to demonstrate that students have additional knowledge and skills regarding English language learners and their families to enhance their primary endorsement in K-3, K-8, 7-12, or Special Education K-8, 7-12. Upon successful completion of the certificate/minor, students can apply to the state for the English as a Second Language Teacher Endorsement (660), after certification in their primary endorsement area. 

Track B is open to all majors and the content provides knowledge and skills that prepare completers to support English language learners in a variety of settings.

Track A

Minor for Education Majors:

Required Courses for all students:

ENG 121H Introduction to Linguistics   4
OR    
ENG 123H Grammar A Linguistic Approach  4
AND    
ENG 224 Teaching English as a Second Language 4
EDU 420 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners 4
   
Plus courses specific to each Major:  
     
For Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Majors:  
     
ECH 402 Diverse Programming in Early Childhood Education 4
     
For Elementary Education Majors:  
     
EDU 280 Diversity and Social Justice Education K-8 2
EDU 310 Teaching English Language Learners K-8 2
     
For Secondary Education Majors:  
     
EDU 103 Diversity and Social Justice Education 7-12 2
EDU 307 Teaching English Language Learners in Secondary/Middle Schools 2
     
For Special Education Majors:  
     
EDU 103 Diversity and Social Justice Education 7-12 2
EDU 307 Teaching English Language Learners in Secondary/Middle Schools 2
OR    
EDU 280 Diversity and Social Justice Education K-8 2
EDU 310 Teaching English Language Learners K-8 2
     
Additional Requirements:  
     
Four credits of electives from below and one field placement in an ELL Classroom - Practica or Student Teaching  
     
Potential Electives:  
INS 100S Introduction to International and Global Studies (Social Sciences) 4
INS 101H Introduction to International and GLobal Studies (Humanities) 4
INS 280 Explorations Abroad or equivalent study abroad course 2-4
ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 4
ANT 230 Linguistic Anthropology 4
Internship in ELL Setting 4
World Language 4-8

Total Credits:  20, plus field placement

 

 

Track B

Minor for Non-Education Majors:

Required Courses:

ENG 121H Introduction to Linguistics 4
OR    
ENG 123H Grammar A Linguistic Approach  4
AND    
ENG 224 Teaching English as a Second Language 4
EDU 420 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners 4
     
Additional Requirements:  8 credits of electives (see list below)  
     
Potential Electives:  
INS 100S Introduction to International and Global Studies (Social Sciences) 4
INS 101H Introduction to International and GLobal Studies (Humanities) 4
INS 280 Explorations Abroad or equivalent study abroad course 2-4
ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 4
ANT 230 Linguistic Anthropology 4
Internship in ELL Setting 4
World Language 4-8
     

A minimum of one third of the required credits must be earned at UMF for a minor to be awarded.

 

 
Total Credits:  20

Learning Goals

  • Students will deepen their knowledge of the structure of the English language in order to better teach it to ELLs;

  • Students will learn about theories and practices for creating learning environments that support the linguistic, cultural and social diversity of ELLs;

  • Students will create, evaluate and apply EFL/ESL teaching materials;

  • Students will learn approaches, methods and techniques for fostering and assessing ELLs’ skills development (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in  English.

Assessment Criteria

Students in Track A must earn a B- or better in their required courses.

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