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English as a Second Langauge

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, “English language learners are the fastest growing segment of the K-12 student population. Students who speak a language other than English at home account for almost 19 percent of all K-12 students in the U.S., and it is estimated that these students will comprise over 40 percent of all K-12 students in the U.S. by 2030.”

To accommodate this quickly growing student segment, Fontbonne University offers master's-level courses with a focus in English for Speakers of Other Languages (also referred to as ESOL and/or English as a second language (ESL)) for our students in the Master of Arts in Education program.

In these courses, you will learn how to apply effective techniques used to educate the growing population of students who speak English as a second language. The National Council of Teachers of English, the National Education Association and Education Week all have produced policy papers demonstrating the overwhelming need for teachers who are well-versed in the knowledge and skills needed to reach students with limited English proficiency.

ESOL Courses:

  • CTE 512  Second Language Acquisition
  • CTE 513  Methods of Teaching Second Language
  • CTE 514 Materials for and Assessment of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • CTE 515 ESOL Practicum I
  • CTE 516 ESOL Practicum II


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