EDUC-443 Intro to 2nd Language Acquisition for Educators

This course is designed as an introduction to how first and, in particular, second languages are learned. The hope is that students will use what they learn to teach individuals who have a second/additional language. All course topics weave in discussion on the role of language in teaching and learning, as well as stress the relevant implications for effective instruction in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Students will gain an understanding of the historical development of language acquisition theories, and how they have led to modern hypotheses on language learning and classroom practices. By the end of the course, the students will write action plans that explain their understanding of language acquisition and how it applies to classroom environments. There is no required field experience for this course. 4 SH.