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COURSE SYLLABUS ENGLISH 539 - 192, SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (TARGET Program 2014) USDE Grant: T195N070327 Salisbury University Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. - 4 p.m. Instructor: Dr. Laura Marasco E-mail: XXXX Office Hours: Appointment Phone: XXXX Course Description and Objectives This course examines the salient issues involved in the process of second language learning. It begins with an overview of the previous and current theories and practice of second language acquisition and highlights the issues involved in the various phases of language learning. It also emphasizes the interaction between the psychological and sociocultural factors in language acquisition. Thus, it is a study of the language learning process within its social milieu. The main objective of the course is to empower the students to critique the present state of language learning theory and practice, with a view to enabling them to design programs that are best suited to the ESOL/TESOL situation in the schools in our rural environment. A crucial component of this course is the ethnographically based project that requires each student to construct a biography of a second language learner. The biography should be based on at least three interview sessions of one hour each and is designed to give the student the opportunity to demonstrate her/his firm grasp of the theory of second language acquisition. The biography should also apply the theory learned in the course to the specific learning situation of the person interviewed. ESOL/TESOL: NCATE STANDARDS This course is designed to meet the NCATE standards pertaining to the five domains that are listed in “TESOL/NCATE Standards for the Accreditation of Initial programs in P-12 ESL Teacher Education,” (2002) – Draft prepared by the TESOL task force on ESL standards TESOL Inc. These standards are located in the following web site:
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This course meets the following NCATE Standards for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 1.b.5. Understand and apply current theories and research in language and literacy development 1.b.7. Recognize the importance of ESOL students’ home languages and language varieties and build on these skills as a foundation for learning English 1.b.8. Understand and apply knowledge of sociocultural and political variables to facilitate the process of learning English 2.a.1. Understand and apply knowledge about cultural values and beliefs in the context of teaching and learning ESL 2.a.2. Understand and apply knowledge about the effects of racism, stereotyping, and discrimination to ESL teaching and learning 2.a.3. Understand and apply knowledge about home/school communication to enhance ESL teaching and build partnerships with ESOL families 2.a.4. Understand and apply concepts about the interrelationship between language and culture 4.a1. Demonstrate an understanding of the purposes of assessment as they relate to ESOL learners and use results appropriately 4.a.3.
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