Pedagogy for English Learners

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor






The two-week summer program exposes students to education as practiced in Europe. Students will gain an appreciation for the manner in which German and/or European schools provide instruction to students who are learning English and ways they accommodate for students with special needs. The program includes numerous academic site visits, lectures from European education leaders, and in-class instruction related to the courses being taught. In addition to the academic site visits, students will experience some of Europe’s most unique and exciting cultures. Finally, students will spend time giving back to the community of Bonn, Germany, through a service project. UMHB students will bring picture books written in English that will be read aloud and donated to elementary schools in Germany.


EDSL 4310 (Pedagogy)
The primary focus of this course is planning and implementing effective, developmentally-appropriate ESL instruction. Foundations of ESL education and the factors that contribute to an effective multicultural and multilingual environment are taught. ESL teaching methods include theoretical bases, concepts, and research related to first- and second-language development. Formal and informal assessment procedures and instruments are taught. Family and community advocacy is addressed through required course practicum.

EDSP 4363 (Assistive Technology)
This course examines the range and variety of assistive technology, devices, services, and resources; their role in facilitating students' access to the general curriculum and active participation in educational activities and routines; and the state and federal laws pertaining to their acquisition and use. Procedures for coordinating activities of related services personnel, paraprofessionals, aides, volunteers, and peer tutors and the selection of assistive technologies for students with various needs are explored.


Bonn, the former capital of West Germany, is situated on the Rhine River. It is the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. The city is located in an area of natural beauty – along the Rhine there are many medieval towns and castles. Bonn itself has lots to offer: Its parks and surrounding countryside invite you to do outdoor sports and there is a wide range of cultural activities available. Bonn is home to many businesses, research centers and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), it serves as corporate headquarters for Deutsche Post and T-Mobile and is one of the largest United Nations cities in the world.

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The program includes several half-day and full-day excursions, and multiple day Excursions. In addition, students are given the option to participate in activities over one free weekend.

The weekend includes an optional trip to a predetermined location in Europe. The free weekend will give students the option of traveling over night with UMHB faculty/chaperons, or stay in the Bonn area. The price to travel on this optional long weekend will be around $250, depending on location and logistics. This trip will be decided on, and booked, prior to departure from the United States. Students will never be without a UMHB representative present, whether that is in Bonn or traveling. Depending on opportunities, arrangements and UMHB's preferences, a selection of the following excursions could be incorporated into the program:

  • Half-day excursions will be in the area of Bonn or with short traveling time for example orientation tour through Bonn with practical information, Bonn city tour with historical focus or Königswinter and Seven Mountains boat ride.
  • Day excursions will also in the region of Bonn but will take a whole day to get there, do a tour and get back to Bonn. Examples for excursions are destinations like Remagen, Upper Middle Rhine Valley (UNESCO World Heritage) or Rheinturm/Rheintower and tour of Dusseldorf old town.
  • A multiple day excursion is planned for Rome where the students can explore the city with the help of:
    - Guided city tour of Rome: Fort Imperiali, Colosseum, Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele, Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi,
    - City tour of Rome: Piazza Colonna, via Condotti, Piazza di Spagna, Giardino del Pincio, Piazza del Popolo,
    - Guided tour of Vatican City


The AIB cooperates with a student residence hall which is located a convenient 5 minute subway ride from the AIB facilities. All apartments in the AIB student residence are doubles. Every apartment has its own bathroom, kitchenette area and small balcony. Laundry facilities are also available, as well as a common large kitchen shared by all apartments and a lounge area. The students will be provided with a public transportation pass which is included in the program fees. When on an excursion with overnight stays, two meals will be covered through food stipends or group meals.


There are many forms of funding. The study abroad office of your university will provide you with information on fees & funding opportunities.


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