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    Cynthia Shaffer
    Curriculum Specialist
    ESL Coordinator
    724-836-2460, Ext. 2311
    ESL Certification Program Completion Announcement
    As of January 2009, there will be a $10.00 processing fee for a letter of program completion request for the ESL Program Specialist Certificate.  The fee is payable to The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit.  The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit 7 is an approved provider and will mail signed letters of program completion to applicants upon submission of evidence of course completion for each of the 8 courses required for the certificate.
    Part time ESL teachers provide contracted instructional services for English Language Proficiency for English Language Learners (ELLs) enrolled in the public schools in Westmoreland County. This service aids districts in meeting state compliance regulations and their responsibilties to provide appropriate learning opportunities for all students. Services include
    • Consultation on State and Federal Regulations regarding Bi-Lingual Education and ESL
    • Professional Development Training for Teachers and Support Staff
    • ESL Curriculum instruction for K-12 ESL students
    • ESL Program Specialist Certification Program courses
    • ESL Curricular Materials
    • K-12 English Language Proficiency Standards and Curriculum
    Certification/Training Program
    Westmoreland Intermediate Unit provides state approved coursework for the ESL Program Specialist Certificate. In order to qualify for the certificate, teachers must hold an active Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II certificate. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that each person receiving the certificate demonstrates competencies in four areas: Language Acquisition, ESL Instructional Materials and Program Design, Assessment and Support for ELLs, and Cultural Diversity. There are a grand total of 8 courses in these areas.
    Program Specialist Coursework
    Language Acquisition I
    (14 hours in-class 16 hours out-of-class = 30 hours) 1 Credit
    This course focuses on the structure of the English language, grammar, pronunciation phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Included is the International Phonemic Alphabet.
    Language Acquisition II
    (14 hours in-class 16 hours out-of-class = 30 hours) 1 Credit
    This course addresses the process of first and second language acquisition and developmental issues in verbal and nonverbal language. Teachers skills include knowledge of language proficiency levels and their application to the academic language of the classroom.
    Language Acquisition III
    (14 hours in-class 16 hours out-of-class - 30 hours) 1 Credit
    This course will help teachers address the process of literacy development for second language learners and address strategies to assist ELLs in the different stages of second language acquisition. The course focuses on schema strategies applied to Reading in the English language.
    Instructional Materials I
    (14 hours in-class 16 hours out-of-class = 30 hours) 1 Credit
    Design and implementation of ESL programs is the focus of this required area of the program. Specifically, participants will study cognitive academic language skills needed to assist ELLs in the classroom. The course will include the development, implementation and evaluation of a variety of curricular and instructional activities for ELLs.
    Instructional Materials II
    (28 hours in-class 32 hours out-of-class = 60 hours) 2 Credits
    This 2 credit course explores the methods, strategies, research and resources that address the educational needs of ELLs. Coursework includes the application of a variety of research-based ESL instructional methods; instructional adaptations; instructional strategies that support cultural concerns; and teaching strategies that promote mulitcultural curricula.
    Assessment and Support for ELLs
    (44 hours in-class and 46 hours out-of-class = 90 hours) 3 Credits
    This course addresses in-depth effective assessment practices to identify language proficiency levels; purposes for assessment; school support services to assist ELLs; formal/informal assessment tools; educational program adaptations for ELLs who require specially designed instruction (IDEA); and strategies that combine language development and higher order thinking related to academic content. Participants will engage in test administration simulations, interpretation of assessment results, and reporting student progress.
    ESL: Cultural Awareness in the Classroom
    (14 hours in-class 16 hours out-of-class = 30 hours) 1 Credit
    This course includes current methods based on recognized principles of teaching ESL with culturally and linguistically diverse students and families. Participants will study the behaviors, beliefs and attitudes of multicultural education and promote teachers understanding of cultures other than American and other languages than English.
    ESL: Cultural Awareness in the Classroom II
    (28 hours in-class 32 hours out-of-class = 60 hours) 2 Credits
    This course helps participants develop the ability to categorize and distinguish cultural/linguistic components of certain language minority groups; demonstrate knowledge of current methods and techniques; address common sources of linguistic and cultural conflict and approaches to solutions; and address various teaching approaches that promote equity among diverse populations.