Training for All Teachers

Fall 2004 E29.2204 Syllabus

E29.2204.003 Teaching Second Languages across the Content Areas Fall 2004
Thursdays, 4:55 to 6:35 p.m.
Region 10 Office, 5th floor Conference Room
Daniel H. Shanahan, PhD, Instructor

I. Course objectives
¨ Gain a deeper understanding of second language acquisition theory, and the language and academic needs of ELLs;
¨ Explore the language demands of academic content areas;
¨ Review methods of teaching language and content to ELLs in the mainstream;
¨ Develop a unit of lessons that target specific standards, academic objectives, and language objectives;
¨ Become familiar with action research models and approaches to develop an action research plan.

II. Requirements
¨ Readings: required texts:

  • Carasquillo, A. and Rodriguez, V. (2000). Language Minority Students in the Mainstream Classroom. Clevendon, England: Multilingual Matters, Ltd.
  • Echevarria, J. and Graves, A. (2003). Sheltered Content Instruction, 2nd edition. Allyn and Bacon.
  • Scarcella, R. (1990). Teaching Language Minority Students in the Multicultural Classroom. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall Regents.
  • NYSED. (2004). Learning Standards in English as a Second Language.

¨ Class attendance and active participation
¨ Development of a Learning Experience

III. Meeting dates and course activities:
The following are the dates of the course: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13, 20, 27.
Class activities involve short lecture, responding to readings, collaborative problem solving, discussions, and student presentations.

IV. Course grade
The grade you receive for this course will be based on the two factors and their weights listed below:
¨ 50% Learning Experience
¨ 50% participation (in-class contributions, evidence of readings, and peer review of Learning

V. Schedule of classes
Week 1: Introduction to the course: course outline and requirements; student
introductions; explanation of Learning Experience project.
Scarcella, "Introduction;" Echevarria, Chapter 1; Carasquillo, Chapter 10.

Weeks 2, 3: Linguistics and Language. Theoretical Framework; BICS, CALPS, Bloom's
Carasquillo, Chapter 2; Scarcella, Chapter 1

Week 4 : Introduction to Learning Experiences and ESL Standards
NYSED (2004). Learning Standards in English as a Second Language

Week 5: Presentation of Learning Experience proposals

Week 6: Second Language Acquisition: An Overview
Scarcella, Chapter 3; Echevarria, Chapter 2

Weeks 7, 8: Making Curriculum Comprehensible: General Principles
Scarcella, Chapter 4; Echevarria, Chapters 3, 5, 6, 7

Week 9: Assessment: Authentic and Standardized Assessment
Scarcella, Chapters 7, 8; NYSESLAT handouts

Week 10: Oral and Written Language - The Place of the L1 in the L2 classroom
Carasquillo, Chapters 5, 6; Scarcella, Chapters 5, 11

Week 11, 12: Integrating Social Studies/Science/Math with English Language Development
Carasquillo, Chapters 7, 8, 9

Weeks 13, 14: Peer Review of Learning Experiences

Week 15: Evaluation, feedback, summary, comments