Language Policies and Practices
Winter Quarter, 2008
last updated January 17, 2008
Echevarria, J., Vogt, M. & Short, D. (2008). Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP Model. Third Edition. Pearson Education.
Zwiers, Jeff (2008). Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms, Grades 5-12 (Jossey-Bass Teacher
The overall goal of this course is to prepare STEP credential candidates to be effective, beginning teachers of English Learners. In practical terms, the course will help STEP candidates meet the requirements for the English Learner Authorization (ELA) on their preliminary credential. The ELA authorizes STEP graduates to teach English Learners both in general classrooms, and in specialized settings such as English Language Development (ELD), and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) classrooms.To that end, this course is designed to introduce students to the historical, political, and legal foundations of educational programs for English Learners. It overviews theories of second language learning, and the research on the effectiveness of bilingual education. The course also provides students with a repertoire of theory-based methods to facilitate and measure English Learners’ growth in English language and literacy acquisition, as well as create learning environments which promote ELD, and content area learning through the use of SDAIE. Students will acquire knowledge and skills related to methods of teaching a second language through readings, discussion, group interaction, lesson presentation, hands-on experience of instructional and assessment methods, and materials exploration.
Course Goals (Teacher Preparation Program Standards)
Readings will provide background and complementary information for the following week's class. There are no written assigments associated with the course texts. Rather, they will serve as resources to help deepen your understanding of the course content and extend your knowledge of strategies and techniques to use in the classroom. You are strongly encouraged to become very familiar with them and use them for your assignments, particularly in the second half of the quarter. Our hope is that these books will continue to be useful resources once you begin teaching. We will ocassionally discuss these texts during section meetings, and you are of course free to bring up questions or topics of discussion based on the readings.
Grades will be based on the following: your completed assignments (75 percent) plus 25 percent for class participation (including attendance). There will be no end-of-quarter project or exam. Late assignments will be accepted, but unexcused tardiness will result in deductions of up to half of the assignment's score. Assignments later than one week after the due date will be accepted only at the discretion of the Teaching Assistant for your section.
|Jan. 10||Federal and State Policy regarding English Language Learners. Lecture: Kenji Hakuta. Lecture Slides|
Start on Assignment 1.
Readings for NEXT WEEK: Look over and start to get to know the 2 course texts. Read as much as you can of: Preface and Chapters 1-3 in Zwiers, Chapter 1 in Echevarría et al.
|Jan. 17||What's the basis for practice and knowledge regarding the effective education of English Language Learners? Lecture: Claude Goldenberg. Lecture Slides ; Class Handout|
Readings for NEXT WEEK: Pinker, S. Human Language. Chapter to appear in L. R. Gleitman, M. Liberman, and D. N. Osherson (Eds.), An Invitation to Cognitive Science, 2nd Ed. Volume 1: Language. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Papers/Py104/pinker.langacq.html
WATCH for next WEEK: Searchinger, G. The Human Language (Series 1). New York: Equinox. This video will be available to check out in the STEP Library.
|Jan. 24||What is language? Lecture: Kenji Hakuta. Lecture Slides. Class Handout|
Assignment 1 due.
Introduction to Assignment 2.
WATCH for next WEEK: Searchinger, G. The Human Language (Series 2). New York: Equinox. This video will be available to check out in the STEP Library.
Optional Reading on Second Language Acquisition Research: Ellis, R. Instructed Second Language Acquisition: A Literature Review. Auckland Uniservices Let: University of Auckland. Click here
|Jan. 31||Second language acquisition and oral language development. Lecture: Claude Goldenberg and Kenji Hakuta Lecture Slides -- California State ELD Standards|
Assignment 2, Part 1 due.
Readings for NEXT WEEK: Echevarria et al, Chapters 1-4. Begin Assignment 3.
|Feb. 7||Sheltered Instruction Workshop I. Lecture: Kelly Bikle. Lecture Slides -- SIOP Resources|
Assignment 3 due.
Readings for NEXT WEEK: Zwiers,Chapters 4-5.
|Feb. 14||Academic language and content instruction. Lecture: Jeff Zwiers.|
Assignment 2, Part 2 due.
Readings for NEXT WEEK: Echevarria et al, Chapters 4, 5, 9. Skim: 6, 7, 8, 10, 11.
Assignment 4 due.
Readings for NEXT WEEK: Zwiers, Chapter 8
Start working on Assignment 5.
|Feb. 28||Writing. Lecture: Claude Goldenberg. Lecture slides|
|Mar. 6||Images of successful practice: Inspiration and integration. Lecture: Claude Goldenberg.|
|Mar. 13||Summary and Capstone, preparation for PACT.|
|Assignment 5 due..|
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