EDUC-741 Sociocultural Contexts of Teaching and Learning Language

Sociocultural and political dimensions of teaching and language learning are explored in this graduate-level course. Learning a language is not a politically neutral enterprise: Issues of power are related to who is encouraged to learn a language and who is prevented from accessing linguistic resources. The course emphasizes the interplay between the macro-level relations of power in society and the micro-level experiences of language learners by focusing on sociocultural, political, racial, and economic perspectives. Students will analyze the influence of nonverbal communication skills within intercultural contexts and explain how research on language learning should inform teacher planning, instruction, and assessment. Throughout the semester, students will make connections between theory and practice through completion of a 20-hour field experience. 4 SH.