Participation in the CTELL program for 2013 is a summer to fall commitment that consists of 2 three-credit graduate courses:
ED 605 H Paradigms in Adult ESL/Bilingual Education : This course will explore the sociolinguistic aspects of bilingualism and English language development. Students will learn about the history of US immigration trends, processes of acculturation, and an historical overview of language instructional models. Theoretical assumptions and research pertaining to sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic components of ESL instruction will be explored with an emphasis on developing culturally responsive literacy and discourse practices for the adult learner.
ED 604 J Second Language Acquisition and the Adult Learner: This course provides a comparative overview of first and second language acquisition theories and practices and explores the factors that motivate and influence additional language acquisition for adult learners. Students will explore adult learning principles and development in relation to curriculum design, assessment, and instructional strategies for teaching multi-leveled ELLs.
Selection for CTELL 2013 for Adult Educators will be limited to 16 positions.
One face-to-face session is required for participation in the program. You will meet both of your instructors and the others in your cohort. It will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on the Monroe campus of Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Mileage reimbursement and overnight accommodations will be provided for those who need it. The face-to-face session is required for all participants without exception.
After the face-to-face session, the first course begins online on Monday, June 24, 2013, and ends on Friday, August 2, 2013. The second course begins online on Monday, September 23, 2013, and ends on Friday, December 6, 2013.
After the face-to-face session on June 22, 2013, instruction for both courses is provided in a complete on-line version.
An online tutorial for using the Blackboard online platform is provided however more information about the technical requirements for participation in the program can be found at:
Online learning is a very different experience from a face-to-face class. It has a different feel. It has a different energy. It typically also takes more time and there typically is a learning curve getting used to the technology (i.e. Blackboard) and communicating almost exclusively in writing. It is, however, an intimate and transformative experience --- just in a different way from being with each other in the physical classroom. I especially love online learning because it allows our classroom to stretch from Fort Atkinson to Arcadia and from Reedsburg to Sparta.
It’s important to understand that the online learning experience is much more conducive to one’s personal schedule but it isn’t “self-paced.” The courses are taught in modules. There are requirements and expectations like any other graduate course, they just have more fluidity. Some things within a module can be done at any point within that module. Some things within a module can be done ahead. Some things within a module have specific deadlines. Some instructors choose to release modules sequentially and some all modules at the beginning of a course.
In preparing to take an online course, it’s important to remember that a three credit graduate course typically has 36 contact hours in a face-to-face format with two to three hours of reading and preparation between classes. That’s the general outline used in creating our online courses. Six hours will be spent together during the face-to-face session. 30 additional hours will be required for the completion of the additional modules and an additional eight to ten hours necessary for completing assignments. Each three-credit course will require academic readings, full-class and small group online discussion, blogs, wikis, and other online learning tools, as well as the completion of several projects during each term. Typical weekly commitment is a minimum of 4 – 6 hours.
When planning summer vacations and events, being absent from your online learning community for more than two days is typically not acceptable unless agreed upon with your instructor prior to the start of a course.
Applications for 2013 will be accepted beginning October 1 and ending on January 15, 2013. This is our inaugural year for this program. Competition for a scholarship is expected to be stringent.