mte557 | Graduate

Language Development For Secondary Settings

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This course examines second language acquisition theories, strategies, and the nature of cognitive and affective language development to assist the secondary teacher of the English language learner (ELL) student. The  course focuses on language acquisition development within alternative language service programs and it provides the basis for effective instructional strategies including methods, techniques, and materials to be used with linguistically diverse secondary 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, thought processes, and the relationship to content mastery. The course also focuses on the structure and use of the English language to ensure oral and written accuracy and correct punctuation and intonation for those working with linguistically diverse secondary populations. 

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks 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 weeks

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    Second Language Acquisition for Secondary ELL Students

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of English as a second language in specially designed academic instruction in English classrooms.
    • Apply the nature and process of language acquisition to classroom instructional methods and materials.
    • Define the semantics and pragmatics of language acquisition.

    ELL Instructional Strategies in Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English Classrooms

    • Identify typical vocabulary, word formation, and grammar-related communication difficulties of linguistically diverse students.
    • Determine strategies to improve reading comprehension in the content area for linguistically diverse students.

    Learning Styles and Their Implications for Teaching Secondary ELL Students

    • Analyze learning styles and communication strategies of English language learners.

    Support and Community Resource Services for Secondary ELL Students

    • Analyze the correlation between drop-out rates and secondary education programs for ELL students.
    • Identify post-secondary career and education opportunities for ELL students.

    Socio-cultural and Language Factors in the Secondary Classroom

    • Analyze socio-cultural and language factors in the secondary classroom.
    • Analyze the origin, structure, and function of dialects and their effect on classroom instruction.

    Cognitive and Affective Language Learning Theory

    • Analyze the integrated nature of cognitive and affective language development.
    • Review the major theories of second language acquisition.
    • Examine oral and written language acquisition strategies for primary and second language learning as related to content areas and proficiency levels.

    Historical Perspectives and Current Political Trends of Second Language Acquisition

    • Analyze the immigration trends in the United States.
    • Examine the history and role of bilingual education and the implications for second language development.
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