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Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies




BIL ED 482

Spring 1999
Student Services B-20
Tuesdays -- 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Holbrook Mahn
Hokona 212
Office hours:
T & Th 2-3:30

Course Goals/Objectives --

1. To help students gain a knowledge base in the methods of teaching a second language and to develop a teaching philosophy integrating prior knowledge and experience with class readings and discussions.

2. To share teaching ideas and gain experience by class demonstrations, tutoring, and lesson planning.

3. To discuss the implications of major approaches and supportive theories for teaching methods and activities.

4 To examine the implications of second language literacy acquisition theories for pedagogical approaches as they are applied to students learning English as a Second Language.

5. To provide guidelines for planning effective lessons using both thematic units and content-based subject matter.

6. To develop a unit plan (a combination of lessons) in a cohesive, well-written paper.

Course Requirements:

1. Attendance & Participation: Because of the interactive nature of the class, attendance is mandatory.

2. Tutoring: Each student will be assigned or will select an appropriate second language learner to tutor once a week for 8 weeks from 2/9 through 4/6. A 2-3 page reflection paper on the experience will be due 4/13. Students are encouraged to keep a weekly journal as part of the process of producing the reflection paper.

3. Journal: All students will keep a journal in which they reflect on the readings, tutoring and/or classroom experiences, and class discussions.

4. Response to Journal: Students will respond to another student's journal.

5. Group Discussion: Students will participate in an online discussion with other classmates. This discussion will be more interactive while the journal will be more reflective. To access the discussion group:
Click Here.

6. Final Paper/Unit Plan: All students will prepare a unit plan/paper which will: 1) have a short (3-5 page) introduction which describes the theoretical/philosophical foundation for the unit; 2) provide an overview of the unit describing the context (the course, the students -- age, proficiency levels, backgrounds etc.) and the major concepts and skills to be taught; 3) briefly justify the methods and types of activities to be included tying them to the introduction; 4) develop a unit that will last approximately a week (it can vary depending on the age level and the content); 5) include an activity (15-20 minutes) which will be presented to our class as a prelude to using it in an another class to be arranged; 6) include as part of the unit a lesson which incorporates the internet; 7) have a bibliography or reference list.

Attendance and Participation 10%
Tutoring 15%
Journal 20%
Response to Journal 5%
Group Discussion 10%
Final Paper/Unit Plan 40%

Additional Requirement for Graduate Students:
Graduate students will be required to complete a project for this class, in addition to the requirements for undergraduates. This project will be a review of two online articles other than those on the syllabus.

Required Texts -- Richard-Amato, P. (1996). Making it Happen: Interaction in the Second Language Classroom (Second Edition). New York: Longman.

Selected online articles throughout the semester.

Course Schedule:

Week One: January 19
Introduction of students, course, and instructor.

Week Two: January 26
Theme: First Language Acquisition?
Reading Assignment: Hickmann article, "Psychosocial aspects of language acquisition."

Week Three: February 3
Theme: Traditional Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Intro., Ch. 1, & Related Reading 1

Week Four: February 9 --
NOTE: Meeting at Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Katherine SE.
Theme: The Classroom & Second Language Acquisition
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Ch. 2 & Related Reading 2

Week Five: February 16
Theme: Interactional Approaches and TPR
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Chs. 3 & 7; Related Reading 3
Explore this site on TPR

Week Six: February 23
Theme: Second Language Literacy Acquisition
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Chs. 4 & 12
Exchange Journals

Week Seven: March 2
Theme: Affect and Second Language Acquisition
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Chs. 5 & 13

Week Eight: March 9
Theme: Assessment and Special Education
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Ch. 6 & Related Reading 4
Supplementary Reading:
A Guide to Learning Disabilities for the ESL Classroom Practitioner

Week Nine: March 16

Week Ten: March 23
Theme: The Natural Approach
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Ch. 8
"What is the Natural Approach" and explore the web site
Exchange Journals

Week Eleven: March 30
Theme: Making it Fun
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Ch. 9, 10 & 11
Draft of Unit/Final Paper Plan Due

Week Twelve: April 6 --
NOTE: Meeting at Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Katherine SE.
Theme: Classroom Management
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Ch. 14

Week Thirteen: April 13
Theme: Resources and the Content Areas
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Ch. 15 & 16
Tutoring Reflection Due

Week Fourteen: April 20
Theme: Different ESL Programs
Reading Assignment: Making it Happen -- Ch. 17
Exchange Journals

Week Fifteen: April 27
Theme: Unit Plan Presentations
Journals Due

Week Sixteen: May 4
Theme: Unit Plan Presentations
Unit Plan/Final Paper Due

Finals Week: May 11
Theme: Unit Plan Presentations
Papers & Journals returned