Course Syllabus

Course: TESL 1997

Division: Humanities
Department: Teach English as Second Lang
Title: TESL Internship

Semester Approved: Spring 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2024
End Semester:

Catalog Description: This course is designed to provide hands-on, real-life experience in Teaching English as a Second Language. Internships are an opportunity for student-tutors to connect theory with practice. Internships can introduce student-tutors in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language to solidify their interest and techniques early on in their college experience. Internships are temporary, on-the-job experiences intended to help the student-tutor identify how their studies in the classroom apply to the real-life teaching experiences. Internships can be paid or volunteer, and can be in front of a classroom or on a one-on-one tutoring experience. Student-tutors are encouraged to seek out employment to help with the ESL department needs or at local schools in the area. This course is repeatable for up to 6 credits with no more than 3 credits per semester. Each credit requires 45 clock hours of internship experience. Internships are pass/fail credits. Student-tutor desiring a grade will need to negotiate a contract with significant academic work beyond the actual work experience.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1-3; Lecture: 1-3; Lab: 0
Repeatable: Yes.


Prerequisites: TESL 1400; may be taken concurrently

Justification: "An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate them." (NACE Definition, NACEweb.org) As such, internships provide students opportunities to explore career options through an engaged setting, they help students apply academic materials and skill to practical work situation, they provide valuable professional experience, and they develop interpersonal skills. Students who participate in internship opportunities secure wok more quickly and are promoted more rapidly than students who do not. Often internships work well as capstone courses. All USHE institutions offer internship opportunities to their students. Students at Snow can enroll in up to 3 internship credits in an academic semester. No more than 6 credits can count toward the associate?s degree. Duplicate experience for additional credit is not allowed.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Understand and apply classroom material to a professional work situation.  Student-tutors will demonstrate that connection through a final reflection paper, their journal entries, and in conversation with faculty mentor and work supervisor.

Develop interpersonal skills.  Student-tutors will demonstrate interpersonal skills by negotiating with coworkers, student-tutors, faculty and supervisors as they design an internship contract. This will also be assessed through periodic work reviews.

Develop professionalism by developing self-initiative, time management skills, effect communication skills, punctuality and professional conduct.   This will be assessed through periodic work reviews.

Connect something from working with ESL students back to TESL instruction.  Student-tutors will demonstrate this through reflective journals, writing a lesson plan, in their final papers, and in conversation with their faculty mentors.

Discover the educational and practical experience needed a career in TESL.  Student-tutors will demonstrate this through reflective journals and in conversation with their faculty mentors.

Network with ESL professors.  Student-tutors will demonstrate this in their journals and in conversation with their faculty mentors.


Content:
This will be determined collaboratively by the student-tutor, faculty mentor and the work supervisor. In the case that the student is working for the Snow College ESL department, the ESL chair will be the supervisor and a TESL faculty member will be the faculty mentor. The internship contract uses a student academic and professional interest to serve as the intellectual starting points for developing a semester long project. Together with student-tutor and faculty adviser will design a project that will meet the following criteria: a. Aligns with the student-tutor's academic program, b. Gives the student-tutor an opportunity to develop lessons that can be used in future teaching assignments, c. Encourages the student-tutor's creativity connecting theory with practice. To qualify for an internship, a student must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA), have completed 15 semester hours or have instructor permission; and ideally have completed or be currently enrolled in TESL 1400.

Key Performance Indicators:
To receive credit for an internship, as student-tutor needs to work in the ESL profession at least 45 hours for each credit, For each internship experience, must write a new lesson plan for a class in the teaching assignment, a 2-3 page reflective paper, and a reflective journal. For each additional credit, student-tutors will complete an additional project of their choosing in collaboration with the faculty mentor. A passing grade will be evaluated from the following criteria:

Work Supervision Evaluation 15 to 25%

Work Documentation 10 to 15%

Reflective Essay 15 to 20%

Lesson Plan 20 to 25%

Journal 15 to 20%

Work Project 0 to 20%


Pedagogy Statement:


Instructional Mediums:
Internship

Maximum Class Size: 15
Optimum Class Size: 10