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Participants examine the nature of first and additional language acquisition and development. Topics include first language acquisition, additional language acquisition by children and adults, bi- and multilingualism. Emphasizes the investigation of first and additional language acquisition through student research studies.
This course examines the theory and practice of multilingual multicultural education, from a sociopolitical perspective. Emphasis is placed on understanding acculturation and academic achievement of, and programmatic alternatives and pedagogy for English Language Learners (ELLs) in a pluralistic society. The course explores the impact of the cultural backgrounds of language minority children and their families, and their adjustment to a new society, on school achievement and language acquisition.
Participants learn the foundations of communicative language teaching to non-native speakers in multicultural and homogenous classrooms. Topics include content-based instruction, curriculum development, materials adaptation, lesson planning and execution, and assessment. Students gain both a theoretical grounding and hands-on experience with scaffolding content for language learners, and with developing learner strategies. Participants acquire and practice the skills needed to teach English to students of all ages and abilities. Class includes a 30-hour supervised field experience.
Participants in this course examine current theories and practice of first and additional language literacy development. Topics include developing literate behaviors, reading and writing fluency strategies, vocabulary development and the writing process. This course emphasizes the development of participants’ proficiency in teaching reading and writing to students of different ages and ability levels through phonics, whole language, and integrated approaches.
Participants in this course explore different approaches for creating, scoring, and evaluating both formal and informal standards-based language assessment measures for students of different ages and
ability levels. Topics include authentic communicative assessment measures, portfolio assessment, and standardized testing for placement, to inform instruction, and measure achievement; test biases; testing different skills; and knowledge of state and federally mandated assessment measures and their implications for English language learners. This course foregrounds authentic and useful classroom language assessment measures.