EDUC-743 Understanding Second Language Acquisition for Educators

This graduate-level course analyzes how languages are learned. Students will analyze, interpret, and track scholarly debate of concepts related to second language acquisition and apply this knowledge to plan and teach individuals who are not native English speakers. The role of language in teaching and learning is explored throughout the term. The relevant implications for effective instruction in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms is also emphasized. Students will track the historical development of language acquisition theories and explain how they have led to modern hypotheses on language learning and classroom practices. By the end of the course, students will create action plans that explain their understanding of language acquisition and its effective application to classroom environments. There is no required field experience for this course. 4 SH.