Training for All Teachers

Spring 2002 E29.2204 Teaching Second Languages Across Content Areas

E29.2204 Teaching Second Languages Across Content Areas
Spring 2002
Nilda Soto-Ruiz, PhD
Syllabus


Course Description:

Participants will study the needs of Second Language Learners throughout the curriculum and design units of study in content areas that address those needs. The students will engage in discussions, activities, and projects related to their subject area concentration.

Course Objectives:

The general objectives are:

  • To develop an understanding of first- and second-language literacy
  • To develop an understanding of the integration of language into the teaching of content materials
  • To develop an understanding of the teaching of content into language development
  • To analyze the availability and adaptability of textbook materials for second language learners
  • To develop an action research plan focusing on the teaching of second language learners in a content class
  • To develop an understanding of cooperative and collaborative group work

Required Texts:

Carrasquillo, A. and Rodriguez, V. (2000). Language Minority Students in the Mainstream Classroom. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters, Ltd.

Johnson, A. (2000). A Short Guide to Action Research. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Peitzman, F., and Gadda, G. (1994). With Different Eyes. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

Snow, M.A., and Brinton, D. (eds.). (1997). The Content-Based Classroom: Perspectives on Integrating Language and Content. White Plains, NY: Longman.

Course Requirements:

1. Class attendance and participation. Students are expected to finish weekly readings before class, and be prepared for discussions.

2. Midterm Project: Each student will create a unit of study for a period of three to four weeks. The unit will combine the teaching of a second language, the content, and address a target culture. Guidelines will be distributed for the project.

3. Final Project. Each student will design an action research project. Guidelines will be distributed for the project.

Course Outline:

Week 1: January 23: Introduction to Course: Student Survey; Discussion of Projects

Week 2: January 30

Content-Based Instruction: Research Foundations

Readings: Snow and Brinton - Chapter 1; Carrasquillo and Rodriguez - Chapter 3

Week 3: February 6

The Development of Oral And Written Language

Readings: Carrasquillo and Rodriguez - Chapter 5; Snow and Brinton - Chapter 3

Week 4: February 13

The Content-Based Classroom

Readings: Carrasquillo and Rodriguez - Chapter 6; Snow and Brinton - Chapter 6

Week 5: February 27

Midterm Project Proposals

Readings: Johnson - Chapters 1 and 2

Week 6: March 6

Integrating Language and Social Studies

Readings: Carrasquillo and Rodriguez - Chapter 7; Snow and Brinton - Chapter 8

Peitman and Gadda - Chapter 4

Week 7: March 13

Syllabus Design in Content-Based Instruction

Readings: Snow and Brinton - Chapters 10 and 11

Week 8: March 27

Midterm Projects Due. Issues and Strategies in Content-Based Instruction

Readings: Snow and Brinton - Chapter 9; Johnson - Chapters 3 and 5

Week 9: April 10

Final Project Discussion

Readings: Johnson - Chapters 6, 7, and 8

Week 10: April 17

Integrating Language and Science Learning

Readings: Carrasquillo and Rodriguez - Chapter 8; Snow and Brinton - Chapter 23

Week 11: April 24

Integrating Language and Mathematics Learning

Readings: Carrasquillo and Rodriguez - Chapter 9; Snow and Brinton - Chapter 31

Week 12: May 1

The Development of Cultural Understanding

Readings: Carrasquillo and Rodriguez - Chapter 20; Snow and Brinton - Chapter 33; Peitzman and Gadda - Chapter 3

Week 13: May 8

Final Projects

Week 14: May 15

Final Projects