EDAE 540 - Teach English as a Second Language - Adult Learners

  • 3 credits

Instructors learn the tools necessary to successfully deliver English learning to adult speakers of other languages.

This course can be applied towards:


Bachelor’s degree or consent of instructor.

Textbook and Materials

Required Texts:

Parrish, B. (2004). Teaching Adult ESL: A Practical Introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-285513-4

Lightbown, P.M. & Spada, N. (2013). How Languages are Learned. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-454126-8

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th Ed.) Washington D.C.

Soft cover: ISBN 978-1-4338-0561-5

Spiral: ISBN 978-1-4338-0562-2


Orly S. Penny, M.Ed


Orly Penny earned her Master in Education with an Adult Education and Training specialization at Colorado State University. Her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Art History was obtained at the University of Colorado. She has taught ESL to adults for the past fifteen years at various Northern Colorado institutions, and is dedicated to helping her students realize their potential as language learners. The course she teaches and developed is based on the Colorado Department of Education rubrics for training Teachers of Adult ESL Learners. Orly also developed a workplace English program for Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS) employees and obtained a grant to sponsor the program. She is the Past President of the Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA) and sits on the Advisory Board of the Center for Adult Learning at Front Range Community College.