Advanced Topics in Education and Youth Studies: Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
This course is a general introduction to scientific research into how people learn a second language. It also discusses the process of language and literacy development of children [0-18] exposed to more than one language. Topics involve universal features of the second language learner and the second language learning process that determine the nature and route of acquisition; individual influences related to differential rate of acquisition and ultimate success in a second language; and social dimensions that influence second language learning. It also presents historical and legislative issues of Bilingual and ESL Education and models of bilingual education. This is a foundation course for those who are interested in bilingual and second/foreign education.
Course Format Description
Synchronous online course meeting twice each week (Tuesday & Thursday). Attendance at synchronous activities is required. Asynchronous activities will include videos, reading and writing assignments as well as online discussions. Students may also meet in small student groups that they schedule themselves, as well as in individual appointments with the professor before some assignments.