Harper College


Program Overview

This 18 credit-hour ESL Endorsement Certificate is intended for certified teachers who wish to expand their professional opportunities and to enhance their teaching skills by adding an ESL Endorsement Certificate to their portfolio. Students can take endorsement courses at Harper College while they are pursuing their AA degrees. However, they can only earn the endorsement certificate after they complete an undergraduate degree and earn a teaching license. The coursework for this certificate satisfies the requirements of the ISBE ESL endorsement, including the 100 hours of clinical experience. This endorsement allows certified teachers to teach ESL in grades they are certified to teach. Applicants must complete an application to the State to have this endorsement put on their teaching licenses.

Program Requirements


Number Course Title Credits
LNG 105 3

Description: Explores language--its origins, properties, use, structure, and meaning. Studies sound systems, word-information systems, syntactic systems, and derivation of meaning from spoken and written forms. Includes first and second language acquisition and properties of visual languages.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

LNG 205 3

Description: Explores the relationship between language and culture. Includes the language socialization of children, gender differences in language, standard varieties and dialects of language, and the effect of language on thought. Examines the nature of language in power relationships.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

LNG 220 3

Description: Introduces the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Intended for those who contemplate a career working with non-native speakers of English. Through a program of lectures, readings, discussions, observations and practical teaching exercises, students will explore the educational contexts in which English is taught and learned. In addition, the course will offer practical techniques for teaching and assessing the skill areas of listening and speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. The foundation of the methods explored will be based on theories in applied linguistics.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

LNG 230 3

Description: Explores concepts, issues, principles, and design of second language assessments. Includes formal and informal evaluation of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

LNG 235 3

Description: Explores important theories in second language acquisition (SLA), especially as they relate to language teaching. Includes age, psychological factors, sociocultural factors, and linguistic factors. Examines the connections between theory and teaching practice in the language classroom.

Prerequisite: LNG 105 or permission of instructor.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

LNG 240 3

Description: Explores theories in teaching grammar to second language learners. Teachers will study syntactic and discourse structures of English and common mistakes in those structures made by second language learners. Students will practice and create classroom materials designed to help English language learners in their oral and written communication. This course is an elective component for Illinois State Board of Education certification in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

Last Updated: 11/13/23