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Supporting Langauge & Literacy Development Across the Curriculum: 7-12

This course introduces first and second language acquisition theories and research and their practical implications for developing a repertoire of strategies for teaching language and literacy to adolescents with a range of abilities. This course provides a framework for understanding how language, cognition, and social development interact with literacy and content learning in a sociopolitical context. Participants investigate the crucial role and impact of teacher language attitudes through a sociolinguistic lens informed by current and historical concerns of inequity for students from a range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Participants examine how both monolingual and emergent bilingual students use their entire linguistic repertoire in order to develop literacy in English language arts and in the content areas. Participants learn approaches to assessing adolescents' language and literacy needs as well as ways to analyze text forms, both print and electronic, in terms of the kinds of responses they call for from learners and the support they offer to adolescents' conceptual understanding. The course will investigate teaching new litracies in a multicultural context. There is a fieldwork component to this course. Prerequisite: EDUC 502. (Pending approval of the Curriculum Committee.)