Full program description
This pathway consists of two courses and is designed for educators who wish to establish a foundation in bilingualism, second language acquisition, and bilingual education to better understand and support bilingual education programming in their districts and schools.
EDUC7615: Foundations of Dual Language and Bilingual Education (1 credit, online)
June 24 - August 8, 2019 (ended) OR January 2020
Students will be able to walk into any school that offers a bilingual program and/or serves bilingual pupils and identify the type of program in place depending on the specifics of different contexts. In service of this goal, students will explore the following characteristics of language education programs in the U.S specifically: history, models (and key attribute of program types) political contexts and legal foundations. Students will understand dual language models, design, and implementation, specifically: competencies, knowledge, and skills of dual language teachers, features of instruction and assessment, and implementation
EDUC7621: Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Acquisition (3 credits, hybrid)
Explores first and second language and literacy development of children raised bilingually as well as students acquiring a second language during pre-school, elementary, or secondary school years. Also addresses theories of first and second language acquisition, literacy development in the second language, and factors affecting second language and literacy learning. Participants will assess the development of one aspect of language or language skill of a bilingual individual and draw implications for instruction, parent involvement, and policy.