TETD 805: Issues in Teacher Preparation and the Education of English Language Learners
Because language is the medium through which education occurs, it is essential that teachers and teacher educators understand the nature of language and the role language plays in teaching and learning. The significance of language for schooling is especially salient with regard to the large number of students in U.S. schools who speak home languages other than English and who speak social and regional dialects of English. In this course,future teacher educators learn to see schooling through a linguistic lens. Issues they examine include the role of language in thinking, learning, and schooling; connections between language, culture, and identity; language variation; principles of first and second language learning; the nature of academic English; and educational practices that promote the success of students of diverse linguistic backgrounds. They develop skills for preparing pre-service and in-service teachers to adapt instruction for students of diverse language backgrounds.
Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education and Teacher Development (TETD) program or departmental approval.