Training for All Teachers

Spring 2006 E27.2275 Syllabus

NYU Training for All Teachers Project
Ruth Horowitz Center for Teacher Development
34 Stuyvesant Street, Barney Building, Suite 501
New York, NY 10003

Syllabus
E27.2275.003
Language and Literacy Acquisition in the Middle School

Spring Semester 2006


Instructor: Tzong-Jin Lee, Ed D Time: Thursday, 4:00pm-5:40pm
Time: Thursday, 4:00pm- 5:40pm Location: Region 10 Conference room


Course Objectives
This course will build on the "Teaching Second Languages across Content Areas" offered in Fall 2005, and serve as an introduction to the issues of language acquisition and literacy as they pertain to English language learners (ELLs) in middle school. It will examine instructional philosophies and perspectives involved in listening, speaking, reading, and writing across the academic curriculum in order to better understand a "balanced literacy approach to teaching and learning using Academic English."

General Objectives Include:
· Development of an understanding of the cognitive processes of reading and writing.
· Development of an understanding of the cultural aspects of reading and writing.
· Development of an awareness of the discourse of different content areas.
· Development of strategies for teaching literacy and content simultaneously.
· Demonstrated ability to incorporate techniques introduced in class into teaching, and to teach those techniques to others.
· Development and production of an Action Research Project.

Required Textbooks:
· Johnson, Andrew P. A Short Guide to Action Research. Allyn and Bacon: Boston. 2002.
· Peregoy, Suzanne F. and Owen F. Boyle. Reading, Writing, and Learning in ESL: A Resource Book for K-12 Teachers. Allyn and Bacon. 2004.

Course Activities/Expectations:

  • Participants are expected to attend all classes and to participate actively in them. Readings for discussion and in-class activities are to be prepared before class (30% of final grade).
  • With a partner, present and lead a discussion in class on one of the chapters/articles. Prepare a 1-page handout summarizing key points of the article (10% of final grade).
  • Students will demonstrate a mini-lesson based on one or more strategies for teaching literacy (20% of final grade).
  • Students will carry out an Action Research project and will present the project at a mini-conference to be held at NYU in June (40% of final grade).
  • Students will meet in study groups with their respective coach teachers twice a month for 40 minutes each session.
  • Students will visit their respective coach teacher's classes for observation twice during the semester, and will also observe peers twice. The coach teacher will observe students' classes, as well as the project coordinator.

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Please note that some of the classes in the following schedule are double periods, meaning they will meet for two periods in one evening; they have been compensated for elsewhere in the schedule. The schedule may be subject to change, as it reflects an integrated approach to instruction in order to provide participants with exposure to a variety of expertise ranging from theory to practice in fields relevant to the objectives of the course. Any changes will be announced as far in advance as circumstances permit.

DATES:
Class 1, Thursday, January 26. 4:00PM-5:40PM
Topics: (1) TFAT Clarifications. Inter-visitations, Dates, Double Sessions, etc.
(2) What do we mean by "language"? How is L1 acquired? How is L2 acquired?
Reading(s): Handouts. Excerpts from
Fromkin, Victoria, Rodman, Robert, and Hyams, Nina. An Introduction to Language, 7th Ed.,
Thomson, Heinle: Boston, 2003.
Chomsky, Noam. New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge. 3rd Printing. 2002.

Class 2 and 3 Thursday, February 2. 4:00pm-7:20pm
Note: this is a double class. It will begin at 4:00pm and end at 7:20 PM.
Guest Speaker: Eliser DeJesus
Topic: Project-Based Learning; Language Acquisition continued.

Presentation: Peregoy and Boyle, Chapter 2: Omayra and Cindy

 

Class 4, Thursday, February 16. 4:00PM-5:40PM

Topic: Bilingual and Cultural Aspects of Literacy. Also included in discussion: constraints participants face in providing services to the students.
Presentation: Peregoy and Boyle, Chapter 3: Adriana and Obed

 

Classes 5 and 6, Thursday, March 2. 4:00pm-7:20 PM
Note: this is a double class. It will begin at 4:00pm and end at 7:20 PM.
Guest Speaker: Tomasz Grabski

Topic: Action Research Project
Presentation: Peregoy and Boyle, Chapter 4: Aracelis and Ohacy

Class 7: March 16. 4:00PM-5:40 PM
Topic: Emergent reading and writing abilities in children and adolescents
· Research findings on early literacy development, and its implications for the beginning readers and writers
· Strategies to support ELLs who are emergent readers and writers

Presentation: Peregoy and Boyle, Chapter 5: Maria-Theresa and Euberta

Class 8 and 9: Thursday, March 30. 4:00PM-7:20 PM

Note: this is a double class. It will begin at 4:00pm and end at 7:20 PM.
Guest Speaker: Richard Bellis

Topic: Methods of Teaching Reading: Phonetics/Whole Language
Presentation: Peregoy and Boyle, Chapter 6: Berty and Wendy

Class 10, Thursday, April 6. 4:00PM-5:40PM
Topic: Literacy in the content areas

  • Research findings on "Why is content area reading difficult?", and its implications for English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • Supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) in learning the language of Mathematics
  • Strategies for Improving learning for English Language Learners

 

Presentation: Peregoy and Boyle, Chapter 7: Wanda, Denise, and Jason

 

Class 11 and 12, Thursday, April 27. 4:00PM -7:20 PM
Note: this is a double class. It will begin at 4:00pm and end at 7:20 PM.
Guest Speaker: Carol Teig

Additional Preparation: (1) Bring "wall vocabulary lists" and other materials from respective classrooms to review in class. (2) Submit a one-page summary of current status of Action Research project.

Topic: Methods of Teaching Reading: Balanced Literacy Approach and Developing vocabulary skills. Focus will be on wall vocabulary lists and other vocabulary materials that teachers are currently using their classrooms.

Presentation: Peregoy and Boyle, Chapter 8: Mark and Shannon
Peregoy and Boyle, Chapter 9: Julio and Arnold

Class 13, Thursday, May 11. 4:00PM- 5:40PM

Additional Preparation: Bring samples of your lesson plans.
Topic: Mini-lesson demonstrating strategy for teaching writing. Review conditions, expectations, and rules of Writing Workshop.

Presentation: Peregoy and Boyle, Chapter 10: Cecelia and Ray

Classes 14 and 15 May 20. 9:00AM- 2:30PM

Spring Mini-Conference at New York University. Presentation of Action Research projects.