Bilingual Education (BE)
This course familiarizes candidates with theories and current research on second language acquisition, including the interactions between first and second languages and levels of communicative competence in second language learners. Also studied is the analysis of all forms of language variation across speech communities within a culture, differences between first and second language learning, and how they affect language acquisition and cross-cultural communication in second language education. The implications of language attitudes for curriculum planning and classroom procedures are also discussed.
This course examines the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, stylistics, discourse, and pragmatics of the American English as it applies to learning English as a second language. A detailed analysis of the phonological and grammatical structures of American English is discussed with the special focus on the basic techniques for analyzing linguistic structures. The practical application of linguistic knowledge to the teaching of a second language to English learners is also discussed.
This course investigates the major language teaching theories and their impact on current pedagogical practices. Candidates will become familiar with instructional and evaluative techniques for teaching language skills and content areas to English learners, including technology integration in teaching and learning. Candidates will demonstrate various methodologies and conduct peer teaching using the national and state evaluation and standards. Practice, analysis, and application of appropriate instructional materials and strategies, as well as assessment techniques will be a focus of this course.
This course emphasizes the acquisition of English reading, writing, and speaking skills by speakers of other languages. Candidates review reading theories, second language acquisition theories, and transferability of literacy skills from the first language to the second language and examine the process of English language learners’ acquisition of literacy skills as part of their process of second language acquisition. Candidates will implement research-based strategies for assessment, instruction, and remediation of the literacy skills, especially in areas of reading readiness and emergent literacy, based on the national and state standards. Technology-enhanced instruction and the importance of bi-literacy are explored.