ESL602 Language and Culture (3 cr.)
This course focuses on the concepts and skills needed to develop cultural understanding of and communication with speakers of other languages. The impact of cultural, linguistic, ethnic, regional, and gender differences in the classroom is examined. Various strategies to involve non-English speaking families in the school community are considered.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:
- Evaluate how limited English proficiency affects learning.
- Analyze differing cultural practices and how these differences may affect the way students learn.
- Design communication strategies with parents within the larger sociocultural framework of which the school is a part.
- Identify how the student’s environment, including family circumstances, community systems, and health and economic conditions, may influence learning.
- Relate knowledge of English to knowledge of other languages.
- Characterize the cultural and social differences reflected in the United States’ cultural pluralism.
- Interpret the sociolinguistic dynamics of the cultures of the United States.
- Analyze how cultural, linguistic, ethnic, regional, and gender differences affect communication in the classroom.
- Connect students’ schooling experiences with everyday life, the workplace, and further educational opportunities.
- Involve representatives of business, industry, and community organizations as active partners in creating educational opportunities.
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