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Programs in International and Comparative Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University
IED Professional Specializations > Language, Literacy & Culture

Language, Literacy & Culture

Liaison: Professor Hope Jensen Leichter

In response to new media that are fostering alternative forms of global communication, the department has developed a concentration in Language, Literacy, and Culture that explores the relations between traditional forms of communication and the newly emergent ones. Students specializing in this field may focus on areas such as the teaching of English in international settings, the education of speakers of minority languages and language varieties, literacy practices around the world, the development of literacy in the first and second language, and language policy and planning in the U. S. and abroad.

The rapid growth in the uses of new media and technologies for communicative purposes requires careful study of how language and these tools elaborate each other, particularly for educational practice. A growing number of language researchers are studying how human interaction in schools, communities and the workplace is shaped by the tools people use to accomplish tasks. Students interested in this area may focus on areas such as language and the Internet, multimodal discourses and literacies, and the design and evaluation of multimedia materials.

In addition to the courses listed below, students can select relevant courses from departments such as Mathematics, Science, and Technology and Arts and Humanities as well as from the larger university.