Language & Literacy Studies

  • SED LS 560: Introduction to Language and Language Acquisition
    Introduction to the main aspects of language and language acquisition in typical, atypical, and second language learners. Topic areas include phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, child- directed speech, the role of cognitive development, and theories of language acquisition. Students will apply this course material during weekly observations of a language learner. 4cr, each sem.
  • SED LS 565: Applied Linguistics: Language & Linguistics Survey
    An introduction to contemporary linguistics, including phonological and syntax theory, sociolinguistics, first- and second-language acquisition, and discourse theory. Also covers applications of various branches of linguistics to education, including issues of different cultures in the classroom, the role of language in education, and the development of literacy. 4cr, either sem.
  • SED LS 567: Struc of ENG
  • SED LS 595: Child Second Language Acquisitions
    This course explores issues and theories in child second language acquisition in a second or foreign classroom context. It's designed to meet the needs of those intending to teach second (or foreign) languages to children in the US or overseas.
  • SED LS 610: App Phonology
  • SED LS 626: Cross-Cultural Communication: Theoretical & Methodological Approaches
    Explores the literature and theory related to the factors that influence communication between cultural groups. The goal of the course is to present approaches that balance the study of our common humanity with the study of cultural differences. 4cr, 1st sem.
  • SED LS 627: Critical Analysis of Children's and Young Adult Literature
    Overview of children's and young adult literature, including introduction to authors, illustrators, and literary genres, and exploration and discussion of distinctive portrayals (e.g., genders, cultures, ethnicities, religions). The course is intended to develop overall knowledge of texts, awareness and understanding of critical issues that surround children's and young adult literature, and an understanding of how to evaluate and select texts for use in and out of school settings. This course requires substantial reading of selected children's and young adult literature. 4cr. 2nd sem.
  • SED LS 628: Exploring picture books for all readers
    This course will provide an overview of up-to-date picture books that communicate complex narrative and non-narrative themes and ideas. In-depth exploration across multiple genres, styles, and authors will allow development of an awareness of the diversity of texts, visual literacy and critical reading skills. Research-based pedagogies will be modeled to support student achievement of Common Core State Standards. (CCSS) 4cr, either sem.
  • SED LS 629: Looking at Young Adult Literature Through Multiple Lenses: Literature, Literacy, and Learning
    This course will explore YA literature across multiple genres, writing styles, and authors. The course is designed to introduce teachers to a diverse collection of challenging and complex texts and to strategies for identifying such texts, critically evaluate texts, and examine best practices for using YA texts in classroom instruction. 4cr, etiher sem.
  • SED LS 632: Graphic Novels
  • SED LS 658: Second Language Acquisition
    Research and theories of second-language acquisition. Includes the research on naturalistic and classroom second-language learning. 4cr, 2nd sem.
  • SED LS 670: Multicultural Literature in the Pre-K-Grade 12 Classroom
    An in-depth study of diverse Children's and YA lit in school and community settings. Focused on recognizing high-quality, authentic, linguistically and cognitively complex texts that represent historically under- or misrepresented individuals, groups and communities. Research-based pedagogy will be modeled to support motivation, engagement, comprehension and response of proficient and struggling readers. 4cr. either sem.
  • SED LS 690: Classroom Discourse
    This course will focus on the development of knowledge and understanding of the roles that language and culture plan in the literacy development and learning of children and adolescents. Participants will explore theories and practices for literacy instruction, including reading skills and comprehension across grade levels and academic disciplines and for students with a range of learning needs. Particular attention will be paid to the role of discourse as a central component of teaching and learning, and participants will learn strategies for building on students' linguistic and cultural backgrounds as assets in the learning process. Participants will examine the types of instructional contexts, pedagogical approaches, and teacher talk moves that will support productive instructional interactions and deepen students' conceptual understanding about important curricular topics. In addition, participants will learn to use video recording and transcript analysis to reflect on their talk in lesson they plan and implement. 4cr, 1st sem.
  • SED LS 726: Discourse Analysis: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches
    Review of current research literature on discourse analysis; students practice and apply current methods and techniques of discourse analysis. 4cr, 2nd sem.
  • SED LS 727: Topical Seminar in Literacy and Language
    Focuses on one aspect of research, theory, and practice in literacy and language. Offered by visiting professors or resident faculty. Topics may include critical review of research literature in literacy and review and application of theory/research in literacy and language for a specific population. Variable cr, either sem.
  • SED LS 734: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Literacy Specialist: Leadership, Coaching, Teaching (Prepracticum)
    Observation of a literacy specialist with attention to how the literacy specialist acts as a school-wide leader, coaches teachers, and provides literacy instruction to children. Course readings and discussions examine the multiple roles of a literacy specialist. 4cr, 2nd sem.
  • SED LS 762: Literacy Acquisition and Development: Addressing Strengths and Needs
    This class will focus on the strengths and needs of the individual struggling/striving readers and students with reading disabilities, with an emphasis on effective literacy interventions across the grade levels and disciplines as well as on the implementation of Response to Intervention, traditional interventions for this population, and the Common Core State Standards. The course will balance theoretical and practical readings and will provide tools that will be useful across a range of literacy learning settings. 4cr, 1st sem.
  • SED LS 763: Fld Ex Clin Int
  • SED LS 764: Roles and Responsibilities of the Literacy Specialist: Leadership, Coaching, Teaching
    To develop insight into how literacy professionals assume a variety of roles to enhance student learning, students will engage in three types of activities: observation, reflection, and analysis of a literacy professional's practice, seminar reading and discussions/leadership activities, and development of a plan to promote professional learning and enhanced literacy instruction. Field experience. Permission required. 4cr either sem.
  • SED LS 780: Processes of Literacy: Reading and Responding
    Investigation of the theory and research related to the processes of reading and responding. Exploration of implications for assessment, instructional design, and educational planning.