Trinity Offers Local Teachers Training for ESL Endorsements

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Trinity Offers Local Teachers Training for ESL Endorsements


Byline: Trinity International University

Within minutes of her first walk down the halls of Whittier Elementary School in Waukegan, Melissa Ramlow knew this was in the place where she wanted to teach.

The students reflected a diversity of culture that had never been a part of her own experience in elementary school. She found the thought of teaching here both inspiring and challenging.

"More and more students are not just from Hispanic backgrounds, but other backgrounds, and English is their second language," Ramlow says. "They need a teacher who understands how that affects their learning."

Ramlow is such a teacher.

She earned an ESL endorsement after completing the Master of Education in Diverse Learning program at Trinity International University in Deerfield. Training in ESL, which stands for English as a Second Language, is built into the curriculum, and graduates become equipped to pursue the endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education.

But classroom teachers who do not pursue the masters program still can take Trinity classes that will prepare them to secure an ESL endorsement.

The Barrington School District #220 has contracted with Trinity to provide ESL training for its teachers at Arnett C. Lines Elementary School. All courses offered through this program at Lines Elementary also are taught on Trinitys Deerfield campus.

Under terms of the agreement, Trinity will transcript the courses as full graduate-level credit, making them potentially transferable to other colleges and universities.

Lines Elementary Principal Ken Hyllberg says the percentage of students who speak English as a second language (commonly called English Learners) continues to rise in the Barrington district.

"Teachers need to be prepared with high leverage instructional strategies to meet the needs of our EL learners," Hyllberg said. …

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