This course is a solid introduction to the field of special education with an added emphasis on its intersection with bilingual education. It engages students in the study of the nature, psycho-social, and educational needs of individuals across the educational lifespan with disabilities. Within this course we consider issues in special education from the historical philosophical, legal, cultural, linguistic, and ethical viewpoints, and the responsibilities of teachers and other professionals toward students with disabilities and their families. Additionally, the course offers an opportunity to analyze the research in bilingual education in relation to the complexity of the over- and under-representation of bilingual students in special education, issues in relation to differentiating cultural and linguistic-related learning variations from special education issues, and instructional implications (including assistive technology).
Review of the linguistic, socio-cultural, philosophical, political, and historical foundations that have shaped bilingual education policies, program models, and teaching and assessment practices. This course addresses both elementary and middle school/secondary education content. Analysis of how diverse bilingual education elementary and middle school program models throughout the world respond to different linguistic, social, and educational goals.
Introduction to the study of bilingualism. Study of sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics as applied to the design and implementation of bilingual/bicultural educational models and materials.
Approaches to developing literacy in a second and native language in elementary and middle schools. Techniques for developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; developing language and literacy through the content areas; using children's literature; and assessing students' literacy development in the second and native language. Strategies to develop biliteracy in dual language programs.
Participants will become familiar with literature for children and adolescents portraying Latino/a characters and themes, with various Latino/a authors, poets and illustrators, and with resources available for educators. The course provides criteria for the selection of such literature, specifically criteria to identify cultural authenticity. The experiences provided in the course will build a foundation for developing research and practice using Latino literature to support all readers in mainstream and bilingual classrooms.
Examination of the influence of culture in the design and implementation of school instruction. Identification of salient theoretical issues related to culture and social organization as they relate to the education of ethnolinguistic and minoritized children. Exploration of the learning/teaching processes within the context of multicultural and bilingual classroom settings from a cultural perspective. Reflection upon the role of the teacher in creating cultural learning environments. Survey of research approaches which serve as tools to examine classroom interaction. Use of technology for exploring the knowledge of minoritized learners.
Prerequisites: Proficiency in the English language and one additional language. The course focuses on three aspects addressing both elementary and middle school contexts: (a) linguistic, cognitive, developmental, and socio-cultural considerations in the design of bi/multilingual curricula; (b) exploration of bi/multilingual instructional methods and materials for use in language arts and content areas; (c) critique of current commercially prepared products.
Intensive review of curriculum and methods appropriate to the teaching of the subject areas in bilingual elementary and middle school instructional settings. Offered for those wishing to obtain elementary, bilingual extension, and/or middle school certifications.
Intensive review of curriculum and methods appropriate to the teaching of the subject areas in bilingual instructional settings. Offered as needed for those wishing to obtain bilingual teacher certification.
The Latina Narratives class is a class in which we explore language not just in what people say about themselves or about how others characterize them, but also in relation to the historical concept of erasure, defined as the social organization of forgetting, an always-almost forgotten denial of form, life, and validity of place, and where only ghostly traces and residual mass remain. Students will read Latina narratives, read about narrative methodologies, and will do a narrative of a Latina woman.
Open only to students registered in any of the M.A. Programs in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Reflective inquiry focused on bilingualism or biculturalism in relation to instruction in the native language, native language development, second language learning, and the relationship between the theory and practice of learning and/or teaching in bi/multilingual/multicultural settings. Course supports students in development and presentation of their Integrative Project.
Permission required. This course is for current teachers or students with prior teaching experience. Practical application of bilingual and bicultural classroom practices in all content areas, the teaching of an additional language (ESL or LOTE), and the development of bilingualism. Classroom observations and supervision will be provided for full-time teachers and student teachers. Weekly seminars focus on teaching strategies for a variety of bilingual settings, including teaching content and developing language.
Permission required. Student teaching in bilingual elementary classroom. Practical application of bilingual and bicultural classroom practices in all content areas, the teaching of an additional language (ESL or LOTE), and the development of bilingualism. Classroom observations and supervision will be provided for student teachers. Weekly seminars focus on teaching strategies for a variety of bilingual settings, including teaching content and developing language. Emphasis on the use of technology (such as video recording) for informing one’s teaching.
Permission required. Student teaching in the English elementary classroom teaching students with and without disabilities. Practical application of bilingual and bicultural classroom practices in all content areas while teaching in English and attending to the development of bilingualism. Classroom observations and supervision will be provided for full-time teachers and student teachers. Weekly seminars focus on teaching strategies for a variety of settings teaching in English, including teaching content and developing English as a second language. Emphasis on the use of technology (such as video recording) for informing one’s teaching.
A survey of bilingual/multilingual educational policies and practices throughout the world. While such models and designs are analyzed from a comparative educational perspective, much attention is given to the ethnolinguistic, social, economic, and political contexts.
Permission required. Occasional opportunities in areas represented by the department. Students must inquire to see if opportunities are available during any given semester.
A review of research in bilingual/bicultural education from an interdisciplinary perspective. The focus is on the analysis of research, evaluation methodologies and findings, and their potential application to current theory and practice.