B406 – Methods and Materials for Teaching New Language Learners I
The widespread presence of language minority students in American schools posits a variety of challenges for all involved in their education. Classroom teachers in particular face the daily practical demands imposed by curricula and learning standards on one hand, and a student population whose linguistic, economic, ethnic, and cultural diversity warrants instruction that is complex and dynamic, on the other. In consequence, today’s teachers must gain knowledge about instructional strategies proven effective to teach language minority students, and be prepared to examine the implications of language and culture for the selection of materials and pedagogy. This course will allow in-service teachers currently working with language minority students to consider the theoretical underpinnings and pedagogical rationale for a variety of teaching methods used to support successful learning for young English learners, and to incorporate them into the practice of their own early childhood classroom.