2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Language Acquisition and Identity Formation

Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 quarters

Grace Huerta qualitative research methods, policy studies
Fields of Study
education, language studies and linguistics
Preparatory for studies or careers in
education, linguistics, teaching English

In this program, we will explore the role of family and community in language acquisition and identity formation among English language learners (ELLs).  We will examine how such factors as history, political climate, school policies, and curriculum impact the education of language learners from adults to students in grades K-12.  We will also examine curricular designs and implementation of theory to instructional practices relevant to the Washington state English language and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language) standards.

These ELL concepts will be analyzed through readings, group collaboration, workshops, lectures, multimedia, and seminars.  Students will lead discussions, complete reflective writing activities, conduct teaching demonstrations, and complete a community ethnography project.  Writing and research workshops will also be a focus of this program.

In the fall, the program will survey the history of second language education in the United States while introducing the central issues in language acquisition research.  We will also discuss how knowledge of English language learners' lived experiences and community can inform school policies, curriculum, and instruction.

In the winter, the program will focus on the study of language as a system with an emphasis on linguistic, literacy, and content-area instructional strategies.  Among the topics addressed will be English phonology, morphology, and syntax as well as implications for teaching the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  We will also examine teaching strategies for the instruction of academic language and content.

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5:30-9:30p Mon/Wed
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