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Language and Literacy

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course's main goal is to develop the teaching skills of educators, especially because we know that a student’s success depends also on their ability to read, write, listen, and speak well. This course will help develop those competences - how to teach effectively to all students, including English language learners, in a variety of content areas. And, consequently, one will also help its students develop skills, in school and in life. Our program helps you integrate reading and writing into lesson plans, use technology in the classroom, and match readers and text.

Course Content

1. Perspectives on Literacy, Learning, and Teaching

2. Culturally Responsive Teaching

3. Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Language

4. Literature and Learning

  a) The Teaching of Writing

  b) Content Literacy

5. Literacy as Social Practice

  a) Language in the Cosmopolis: Theory and Method

6. Issues in Language and Literacy Education for Special Populations


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Freeman, David E., Freeman Yvonne S. Essential linguistics: what teachers need to know to teach ESL, reading, spelling, and grammar. Heinemann, 2014.

Larson, Joanne. Marsh, Jackie. Making Literacy Real: Theories and Practices for Learning and Teaching. London: SAGE Publications, 2005.

Linuma, Mizuho. Learning and Teaching with Technology in the Knowledge Society: New Literacy, Collaboration and Digital Content. Series: SpringerBriefs in Education. Springer Singapore, 2016.

Manchon, Rosa. Writing in Foreign Language Contexts: Learning, Teaching, and Research (Second Language Acquisition). 2009.

McConachie, Stephanie M., Petrosky, Anthony R. Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning. Jossey-Bass, 2009.

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