eld506 | Graduate

Understanding Language Acquisition And Cognition

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This course examines language structure and use. The course also addresses second language acquisition theories, strategies, and the nature of cognitive and affective language development to assist the teacher of the English Learner.  The course focuses on language acquisition development, and it provides the basis for effective instructional strategies including methods, techniques, and materials to be used with linguistically diverse students.  It examines the critical elements of learning issues associated with linguistically diverse students, including the learning styles and interconnected variables that interact in second language learning and thought processes.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Sociocultural Factors in the Classroom

    • Explore sociocultural factors in the classroom, including stereotypes, attitudes, acculturation, and classroom culture.

    English Learner Instructional Strategies

    • Identify typical vocabulary and word formation difficulties and grammar-related communication difficulties of linguistically diverse students.
    • Determine strategies to improve reading comprehension of linguistically diverse students.
    • Analyze the origin, structure, and function of dialects and their effect on classroom instruction.

    Grammatical and Pragmatic Aspects of Language

    • Define the term morpheme and the rules of word formation.
    • Explain the use of morphemes to create meaningful words.
    • Examine the properties of semantics.
    • Analyze sentence structures and phrase meanings.
    • Compare and contrast the use of pragmatics in a variety of social contexts.

    Learning Styles and Their Implications for English Learner Classrooms

    • Analyze processing styles, learning styles, and communication strategies of English learners.

    Relationship of Culture to Language Learning

    • Identify the relationship between language and culture and its impact on English learner instruction in alternative language service programs.

    Secondary Language Acquisition for the English Learner

    • Review the major theories of second language acquisition.
    • Define the semantics and pragmatics of language acquisition.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of English as a second language in alternative language services.
    • Apply the nature and process of language acquisition to classroom instructional methods and materials.

    Phonetics and Phonology

    • Describe articulation of vowel production.
    • Identify a variety of suprasegmental features.
    • Identify speech sounds and alphabetic principles.
    • Analyze articulatory phonetics of consonant formation.
    • Examine rules of phonology, pronunciation of morphemes, and phonemes.

    Cognitive and Affective Language Learning Theory

    • Examine oral and written language acquisition strategies for primary and second language learning as they relate to different age and proficiency levels.
    • Analyze the integrated nature of cognitive and affective language development, including social, regional, and functional factors.
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