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Teachers, from page 5
with the English language. A new post-baccalaureate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) aims to help teachers address the linguistic, cultural and academic needs of English learners across the curriculum, says Drew Fagan, Ed.D., assistant clinical professor and TESOL program coordinator.

The University of Maryland year-long cohort program consists of four courses that can ultimately apply toward a master’s degree, if desired.Second Language Acquisition Theory provides tools to determine the way learners are learning and to provide the best way to meet the specific needs of their individual learners. The methods of ESOL course takes theories and connects them to lesson planning, literacy and assessments, and helps teachers look at what they do in the classroom from different perspectives.

“They may already be expert teachers in their fields with extensive backgrounds, but they are novices working with English learners,” Fagan says. “We take the lesson plans and adapt them to help learners learn content and language simultaneously.”

Foundations in literacy and bilateral development helps with English literacy in other subject areas like science, music and art.

Finally, assessment in a second language focuses on how teachers construct their own formative assessments for English learners, allowing teachers to dissect summative assessments and prepare students for tests.

With the Maryland ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) State Plan in affect for the 2018-19 school year, all teachers are responsible for English language accountability across the curriculum. The TESOL program addresses this need. The cohort is run in cooperation with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, with a similar cohort running with Prince George’s County Public Schools. •