SONOMA INTERNATIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE (SITE) CERTIFICATE
The SITE certificate is a two-semester, 25-unit interdisciplinary program designed to prepare speakers of French, German and Spanish to teach foreign and/or heritage languages.This interdisciplinary certificate program contributes to enhancing the global dimension of a liberal arts and science education at Sonoma State University in the 21st century. This program brings together international exchange students and current Sonoma State students on our campus to make Sonoma State a community where students become global citizens both at home and abroad as they learn to participate in an ever more interconnected, diverse and complex world. This program offers a unique and innovative focus: It incorporates the teacher education mission of the CSU into Sonoma States’ liberal arts and science education. This program places linguistic and cultural diversity at the core of the students’ learning experience. Students currently enrolled at SSU, who are exceptionally proficient in French, German, or Spanish, may also be considered for this program.
Each year, the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures recruits a small cohort of motivated students who are interested in becoming language teachers. Participants will enroll in MLL 450: Foreign Language Teaching Seminar for 4 units. As an integral component of this course, they will act as a peer facilitator for small groups of language learners (4-8 students) enrolled in French, German or Spanish language courses. See below for more information on the MLL 450 course requirements.
In addition, participants will take courses in teacher education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the School of Education, as well as courses in the English Department (see list of SITE courses below).
For more information about the program and application procedures, please contact the Department of Modern Languages at (707) 664-2351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the academic year, SITE certificate students will enroll in MLL 450 in Fall and Spring (8 units total) AND select the following number of approved SITE courses (see list of SITE courses below) for at least 17 units distributed among English, Education and TESOL:
Minimum number of courses
Seminar and Practicum in FL Learning and Teaching (MLL 450)
8 units (4 units in Fall AND 4 units in Spring)
TWO courses (ONE Fall, ONE Spring)
With prior advisor approval, selected relevant courses may be substituted for the above requirements.
Total number of units for certificate: 25 units
Prerequisites: International students must meet the university’s TOEFL minimum score. Applicants must have upper division status, or equivalent at their home university, by the time they begin the program. Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated interest in teacher education or language teaching.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT
- gain a working knowledge of some fundamental theoretical and practical notions of foreign language teaching and learning related to Second Language Acquisition, small group interaction, pedagogical uses of technology; the use of various materials and texts to promote conversation in the target language;
- develop basic notions of designing instructional activities in relation to curricular goals;
- develop, implement and reflect on their own teaching/learning activities;
- gain a basic understanding of the role of linguistic and cultural diversity and variability in language teaching and learning, including a recognition of the needs of heritage language learners;
- learn how to create a supportive and productive learning environment;
- have the opportunity to connect their teaching practices to what they are learning across academic disciplines (e.g., education, English, TESOL);
- learn other basic professional teaching skills and responsibilities, such as classroom observation and keeping records of their students’ attendance and progress.
Assessment of the above outcomes will include professor evaluation of students’ participation, written assignments and final paper in the MLL 450 seminar, as well as a year-end summative presentation by the SITE Certificate students. A review of the students’ progress will be made at the end of Fall semester to assure adequate mid-year progress based on grades in the Required Courses. All courses in the SITE Certificate are for-credit academic courses.
MLL 450: Seminar in Foreign Language Pedagogy
Combining research and theory on language learning with hands-on teaching practice, this course is designed to teach students to facilitate intensive language learning among their peers in a small-group setting. Students study the basics of language learning and teaching while also engaging in practical work as a Peer Language Facilitator (PLF) for language learners enrolled in lower division classes. The PLF will meet with small conversation/activity groups (4-8 students) for 3 hours each week in the Language and Learning Culture Center.
Basis upon which grade will be assigned:
MLL 450 must be taken for a letter grade, which will be given based on:
- participation of students during meetings with the professor, classroom visits, and demonstrated effectiveness in facilitation sessions with lower division learners
- completion of required readings, reading responses, lesson plans and other out of class preparation
- required assessment, field notes and record keeping regarding attendance and learning of the lower-division students
- a short presentation to the professor and the other MLL 450 students
- turn in a 5-7 page reflective paper on what they have learned using examples from her/his teaching practice framed in terms of the relevant research and theory from the seminar readings and discussions.
Students enrolled in MLL 450 (2-4 units) will be assigned as Peer Language Learning Facilitators to one of the lower-division lab language classes at SSU (101L, 102L, 200L/201L, 202L, 210L) and meet with students in small conversation/activity groups (4-8 language learners) from one of those classes for 1- 3 hours each week in the Language and Culture Learning Center. A maximum of fifteen candidates will be selected for any given semester. Preference may be given to students who agree to participate for two semesters.
Students enrolled in MLL 450 will have a one hour-seminar each week during which they will discuss relevant aspects of language learning and teaching. Topics will include basic theoretical and practical notions of language teaching and learning related to Second Language Acquisition; small group interaction; focused themes on technology and learning; and the role of varied texts and activities in conversation groups. The value of cultural and linguistic diversity in language teaching and the needs of diverse learners will also be discussed. Students will develop and practice the activities that they will use in their teaching sessions.
MLL 450 Students will work with the lower-division course instructors and the professor to make sure that the activities enhance the regular classroom instruction and curriculum. When possible, the peer facilitators will observe a portion of the assigned language class. They will assist and assess the progress of the learners, as well as keep records of their students’ attendance. During finals week, each student will give a short summative presentation to the professor and the other MLL 450 students, as well as turn in a reflective paper on what they have learned.
Students who successfully participate in the Peer Language Facilitator/SITE program for two semesters will also receive a certificate of participation.
For additional questions, please contact the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
Sonoma International Teaching Experience (SITE) courses in Teacher Education, English Teaching and TESOL at Sonoma State University, California/U.S.A.
Enrollment in the SITE courses below may be based on course availability, class size limits, departmental approval, and fulfillment of prerequisites. Many of the courses below are not available each semester. The courses marked FALL ONLY are available only in the fall semester each year. SPRING ONLY courses are available only in the spring semester. FALL & SPRING courses are offered each semester every year. Check the Sonoma State University General Catalog (http://www.sonoma.edu/catalog/) and the websites below for more information and updates regarding course descriptions, prerequisites and availability.
School of Education ( http://www.sonoma.edu/education/)
- EDUC 417 School and Society (3 units; FALL & SPRING)
- EDSS 418 Learning and Development in Adolescents (3 units; FALL & SPRING)
- EDEC 420 Child Development in Family, School, and Community (3 units; FALL & SPRING)
Single subject Credential courses, with permission from the Chair of Curriculum Studies & Secondary Education/CSSE (http://www.sonoma.edu/education/csse/single-subject/index.html )
- EDSS 442 Middle/Secondary Teaching in Multicultural Settings (4 units; FALL ONLY)
- EDSS 444 Teaching in the Content Areas (4 units; FALL ONLY)
- EDSS 446 Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum: Middle and Secondary Schools (4 units; FALL ONLY)
Courses for Future Language Teachers in the Department of English (http://www.sonoma.edu/english/index.html):
- ENGL 301 Literary Analysis: Seminar (4 units; FALL & SPRING)
- ENGL 313 Classical Literature and Mythology (4 units; FALL ONLY)
- ENGL 339 Introduction to Shakespeare (4 units; FALL & SPRING)
- ENGL 341 Explorations in Language (4 units; FALL ONLY)
- ENGL 343 Youth and Literature (4 units; FALL ONLY)
- ENGL 379 Pedagogical Grammar (4 units; SPRING ONLY)
- ENGL 491 Teaching Composition (4 units; FALL ONLY)
- ENGL 492 Reading and Responding to Literature (4 units; SPRING ONLY)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/TESOL, with permission from theTESOL Advisor (http://www.sonoma.edu/education/graduate/masters/tesol.html)
- EDTE 540 Theories and Research in Second Language Acquisition (3 units; FALL ONLY)
- EDTE 541 Advanced Pedagogical Grammar for Teaching ESL/EFL (3 units; SPRING ONLY)
- EDTE 542 Teaching Multilingual Writers (3 units; SPRING ONLY)
- EDTE 544 Advanced Methods of Teaching ESL/EFL (3 units; FALL ONLY)
- EDTE 545 Special Topics in ESL/EFL (3 units; FALL ONLY)