Integrated Language Development Across the Curriculum

3 UNITS    |    TERM 1

This course presents candidates with the clear connection between language and learning in school, across all curricular areas. The focus on the role of language in schools today is evident of the role language plays in the academic success of all children. At the core of all learning is language. Students access knowledge and information through language and in turn use language to communicate their learning.

The course includes understanding the role of academic language for all students, but will further focus on the language needs of English learners. Students who come from a home where a language other than English is spoken and who speak languages other than English are a growing presence in U.S. schools. English learners need intentional and ongoing support to successfully learn academic content and skills through English while developing proficiency in English. This course will prepare teachers to employ the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to provide linguistically and culturally responsive practices informed by principles from high-quality research.

This course includes systematic study of effective ways to structure learning opportunities for diverse student populations. An understanding of the instructional needs of English learner populations is developed and an awareness of the appropriate programs and services to meet those specific needs is presented. The course is intended to engage graduate students in exploring a variety of theories, issues, procedures, methods and approaches for use in bilingual, Structured English Immersion (SEI) and other learning environments. It provides an overview of the historic and current trends and social issues affecting the education of English learners. It strategies addressing the needs of a diverse student population. Major units of the course include language learning theories; sociocultural contexts of language development, principled selection of instructional strategies for teaching language and non-language subjects; a focus on the development of academic language, assessment of language and non-language competencies; and selected issues in teaching English learner populations.