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EDUC-440 ELL Language & Literacy Development

This course focuses on the academic language needed for ELLs to be successful in U.S. schools. The course begins with an emphasis on foundational knowledge of language structures (i.e., English phonology, morphology, and syntax) as well as a thorough review of key theories and principles in first and second language acquisition. The course looks at the particular issues faced by students at different points in their education: elementary, middle and high school, as well as the role of literacy in content area learning.  Students will understand the complexities associated with reading and writing development in more than one language. The tutoring component of the course will give students an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to practice and conduct hands-on analyses and diagnostic assessments. Prerequisites: EDUC-350. 4 SH.