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Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 125 Peik Hall, 159 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-4006; fax: 612-624-8277)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Adv Prac in Second Lang Teaching PBac Cert.
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The University of Minnesota's Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching Certificate program is designed for teachers of foreign languages and English as a second/foreign language and is offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in partnership with the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) Summer Institute Program. Courses are offered on the Twin Cities campus, typically during the last three weeks in July. The certificate may be completed independently or in conjunction with a master of education (M.Ed) degree in second languages and cultures education at the University of Minnesota. Although the University certificate does not lead to teaching licensure or state certification, it adds value to a pre-service or in-service teacher's academic program and professional life. Completion of the advanced practices in second language teaching certificate indicates successful participation in a set of internationally recognized, high-quality summer institutes for language teaching and provides a vehicle for teachers to receive tangible recognition of preparation in advanced language teaching practices and methodologies.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.80.
A completed bachelor's degree is required for admission.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit transcripts from every college attended (even those where a degree wasn't earned), scores from the TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB (if applicable), a resume, and a one page personal statement discussing your experience teaching languages and the ways this certificate program will contribute to your professional development. Certificate applications are reviewed by the department three times per academic year: Fall, Spring and Summer.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Core Courses (6 credits)
CI 5621 - Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom (2.0 cr)
CI 5622 - Growing Learner Language: A Hands-On Approach to Developing the Language Learners Produce (2.0 cr)
If CI 5608: CARLA Summer Institute Seminar is selected, student must take "Teaching Language Online" topic section.
LGTT 5110 - Technology in the Second Language Classroom (2.0 cr)
or CI 5608 - CARLA Summer Institute Seminar (1.0-4.0 cr)
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CI 5608 - CARLA Summer Institute Seminar (1.0-4.0 cr)
· CI 5623 - Improving Language Learning: A Practical Course in Styles- and Strategies-based Instruction (2.0 cr)
· CI 5624 - Content-based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development (2.0 cr)
· CI 5625 - Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom (2.0 cr)
· CI 5626 - Developing Learners' Sociocultural Competence (2.0 cr)
 
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CI 5621 - Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
How language teachers foster development of intercultural communicative competence through a pedagogical approach that addresses the nature of culture and culture learning, and the interrelatedness of language and culture learning.
CI 5622 - Growing Learner Language: A Hands-On Approach to Developing the Language Learners Produce
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
The focus of this institute is on the growth and development of the language learners produce, and how that growth may be enhanced by ongoing pedagogical innovation. This institute uses the problem-solving framework of Exploratory Practice to promote a culture of instructor initiative that promotes and responds to learner language development in the classroom. Participants begin with a brief review of theories of second language acquisition, and then work together to reflect on videos of learner language as it is produced by different kinds of learners. Institute participants work with instructors to identify specific features in these learners' language. Participants then apply those insights to their own classrooms by learning how to set up engaging, puzzle-solving activities that stimulate growth in learner language. Finally, participants learn how to design pre- and post-course measures that demonstrate the impact of their innovations in instruction on the growth of specific features and dimensions of learner language in their own classrooms.
LGTT 5110 - Technology in the Second Language Classroom
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01490
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Examine, evaluate, and use technology in language teaching. Theoretical background, demonstration, hands-on exploration.
CI 5608 - CARLA Summer Institute Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) offers a series of intensive summer institutes to provide timely professional development for foreign language and ESL educators throughout the country. The special topics offered under CI 5608 are designed to provide language teachers with the latest research-based information and best practices skill development as the field of language instruction evolves. Each institute is highly interactive and includes discussion, theory-building, hands-on activities, and plenty of networking opportunities with colleagues from around the world.
CI 5608 - CARLA Summer Institute Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) offers a series of intensive summer institutes to provide timely professional development for foreign language and ESL educators throughout the country. The special topics offered under CI 5608 are designed to provide language teachers with the latest research-based information and best practices skill development as the field of language instruction evolves. Each institute is highly interactive and includes discussion, theory-building, hands-on activities, and plenty of networking opportunities with colleagues from around the world.
CI 5623 - Improving Language Learning: A Practical Course in Styles- and Strategies-based Instruction
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Learner-focused approach to teaching that helps students understand and make the most of their own learning styles/strategies. Participants create materials/lessons and explore ways to incorporate strategies into their own language curricula.
CI 5624 - Content-based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Intensive professional development to help foreign language teachers learn to implement the CBI curricular approach in the language classroom. Introduces all phases of CBI curricular development and provides resources necessary to ensure successful implementation.
CI 5625 - Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Assessment fundamentals and various topics, including assessment frameworks, performance assessment models, national standards, effective evaluation, and authentic materials. Participants use backward design to develop rating criteria and rubrics, and a standards-based performance assessment unit.
CI 5626 - Developing Learners' Sociocultural Competence
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Overview of how to incorporate a pragmatics component into second/foreign language curriculum to enhance learners' sociocultural competence. Includes approaches to teaching/evaluating pragmatics.